World Orthoptic Day 2022

World Orthoptic Day was, as always, a fantastic celebration of the orthoptic profession around the world. Orthoptists took to social media to promote the profession and share what they’ve been doing in their work places to celebrate.

In particular the IOA’s Orthoptic Selfie competition and this year’s Workout Challenge  caught peoples’ imaginations, with some fantastic entries coming in from all around the world.

Here’s a few of our favourites:

We received support form across healthcare, including professional bodies, CAHPOs, other AHPs and, via the Northern Ireland Orthoptics Twitter account, a message from the Minister of Health.

If you are interested in finding out more:

  • Find out more about Orthoptists and what they do here.

  • Find out more about IOA World Orthoptic Day here.

Interested in becoming an orthoptist? Find out how on our careers pages.

Net Zero NHS

Alongside the IOA’s themes for the day, we took the opportunity to formally launch our sustainability pages, designed to encourage orthoptists to take action towards achieving a Net Zero NHS.

Orthoptists are part of a much larger AHP care group, made up of 14 distinct professions, working across the NHS. Amending the way we work and our actions at home, even in small ways, will help build towards the target of being Net Zero. These are small things that we can try and change within our own Orthoptic/Ophthalmology departments, but will overall help change the bigger picture for our NHS.

Do you have any case studies or want to get more involved? Please get in touch at:

World Orthoptic Day is a fantastic occasion every year, but if you’ve been inspired, there are ways you can help to promote the profession all year round:

  • Read more about our policy and campaigning work here
  • Check our our influencing page here, for ways you can get involved
  • If you’re looking to get involved on social media, we have a beginner’s guide here
  • You can download resources and information to support you in promoting the profession in your departments and online here

If you have any questions or there’s any way we can help, please do get in touch by emailing