Orthoptists help people with eye problems such as squint or double vision. 

This page has information on the role of an orthoptist with links to further information. 

Working life

Orthoptists investigate, diagnose and treat defects of binocular vision and abnormalities of eye movement. For example, they may deal with:

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Treatments can include eye patches, glasses or exercises.

Some eye problems, such as double vision, may be indicators of other health problems including multiple sclerosis or tumour. You'll play an important part in spotting these serious conditions.

Most orthoptists work in the NHS. You may work in an eye hospital, hospital eye department or a community health centre. You may also visit schools, including special schools. Outside the NHS, you may work in private clinics.

As an orthoptist, you'll work with patients of all ages, for example:

You'll work independently or with other eye specialists such as consultant eye surgeons (ophthalmologists), optometrists and nursesYou may work in multidisciplinary teams dealing with, for example, children or stroke patients.

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