Orthoptists investigate, diagnose and treat disorders of binocular single vision (e.g. squints) and problems relating to reduced vision. This may be due to amblyopia (lazy eye) and/or the need for glasses.

Orthoptists are also involved in assessing for abnormal eye movements caused by a nerve palsy, injury to the eye or diseases affecting the muscles in the eye. Patients with eye movement problems often complain of diplopia (double vision).

The work includes:

  • Assessing babies and small children for defects of vision including children with special needs
  • Treating adults with double vision associated with other conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, neurological conditions e.g. multiple sclerosis
  • Ensuring speedy rehabilitation of patients who have suffered stroke and acquired brain injuries and have vision problems.


Further resources


www.nystagmus.org  (uncontrolled movement of the eyes)

www.lazyeye.org   (Amblyopia)

Click here for a social story for you to print out and show your child before coming to hospital.

Good to See You – My First Visit to the Orthoptist Video


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