ABOUT US 2018-07-31T10:58:14+00:00

Welcome to BIOS

The British and Irish Orthoptic Society is the professional body for orthoptists and was founded in 1937, it’s also 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).

What does an orthoptist do?

An orthoptist assesses, diagnoses, treats and monitors a variety of eye disorders.  An orthoptist will work autonomously and as part of the eye care team. In addition many orthoptists will work in multi professional health, educational or social care teams.

  • Are the experts in how the eyes move and work together
  • Specialise in the assessment of visual function, particularly in children and those with communication difficulties
  • Are the experts in understanding why and how neurological defects affect how we see.

Where do orthoptists work?

Most orthoptists in the UK are employed by the NHS and work in

  • hospitals (in patients, out patients and theatre)
  • community clinics
  • rehabilitation centres
  • special schools and child development centres
  • mainstream schools

Some orthoptic services may offer home visits and some work in private practice or overseas.

All orthoptists see patients presenting with

Amblyopia (sometimes known as lazy eye)

Strabismus (misalignment of the eyes)

Double Vision

Blurred Vision

Refractive errors

Ptosis (drooping of the eye lid)

Nystagmus (uncontrolled constant eye movements)

Ocular head postures