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