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.


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

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Congratulations Anna Horwood

Anna Horwood has been selected as the ISA’s 13thBielschowsky Lecturer. Karen McMain, the President of the International Orthoptic Association said  this is a remarkable accomplishment. She will be the first orthoptist, and first woman, to give this talk. The lecture is given every four years at the meeting of the International Strabismological Association by a senior strabismologist who has received world wide recognition for their work" .


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