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COVID-19 – Guidance for orthoptic professionals can be found here

  • Child Vision Screening – FOI Results Published

    Child vision screening 2019 – services are available but still work to do! Orthoptic-led child vision screening aims to pick up amblyopia (commonly known as “lazy eye”), where the vision in one or both [...]

  • COVID-19 / Coronavirus – Member Guidance

    Below you will find guidance on working and keeping safe, as well as updates on the effect of this on BIOS events and ongoing work. We hope you find this helpful but please do [...]

  • I See The Difference

    I See The Difference looks to raise awareness of careers in orthoptics, highlighting the diverse and fascinating work done by Orthoptists. Find out how you can get involved to promote the profession. [...]

  • OCCCF curriculum

    The  Ophthalmic Common Clinical Competency Framework (OCCCF) curriculum has now been launched, providing standardised and recognised competencies for non-medical professionals working in ophthalmic secondary care across the UK. This is the culmination of work [...]


Who we are

The British and Irish Orthoptic Society is the professional body for Orthoptists. Orthoptists are registered Allied Health Professionals regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK and CORU will be the regulator in the Republic of Ireland.

  • BIOS was founded in 1937 and is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

  • BIOS is affiliated to the Allied Health Professionals Federation, a group made up of 12 bodies representing more than 158,000 workers in the UK.
  • BIOS is also a member of the International Orthoptic Association and OCE.
  • BIOS members in the UK are also automatically trade union members of the British Orthoptic Society Trade Union (BOSTU).

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