What does an Orthoptist do?

Orthoptists diagnose and treat defects of vision & abnormalities of eye movement; now all have a first degree on entering the profession.

Usually part of a hospital team, they look after people with eye problems - often related to binocular vision, amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (squint).

Find out more on our minisite, Parallel Vision Problems.

For Patients

Please visit our new microsite aimed at patients and carers. It contains information about common eye problems and links to helpful organisations.

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fOR commissioners

Understanding the importance of orthoptists in the eye healthcare mix is essential to effective commissioning and planning of healthcare services.

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OUr chair

Rowena McNamara   Rowena McNamara, Chair of BIOS, practises in London as Head Orthoptist at the Western Eye Hospital and an Advanced Orthoptist at Hillingdon Hospital.

if you are an orthoptist...


  Defend & develop orthoptics - and your own job

  Pay monthly by Direct Debit - automatic renewal

  Workplace support from BOS Trade Union

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2016 IOA Congress

IOA Congress Rotterdam

In 2016 the IOA holds the XIIIth International Orthoptic Congress in Rotterdam. BIOS's Dr Anna Horwood will be the 2016 Burian Lecturer.



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British and Irish Orthoptic Society

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