You’ll work with a team of specialists to diagnose and treat eye problems.
1. Entry requirements
- paid or unpaid work experience with your local orthoptic department
- a 3-year degree in orthoptics, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- registration with the HCPC
Health Careers has more information on becoming an orthoptist.
2. Skills required
- accurate observation skills
- a steady hand and good manual skills
- the ability to get on with a wide range of people
- the ability to use special testing equipment and understand the results
3. What you'll do
You’ll receive patients from hospital eye casualty and neurology departments, and through GP and health visitor referrals.
You’ll focus on conditions like:
- a squint (strabismus)
- reduced or double vision
- ‘lazy eye’ (amblyopia)
- a disorder due to injury or disease
You’ll also diagnose and manage conditions, like:
- retinal disease
- neurological disorders
You’ll also carry out vision tests on children and suggest treatments, like:
- using an eye patch
- doing regular eye exercises
- contact lenses
- low vision aids
- referral to another specialist
Experienced: £26,250 to £31,500
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work 37.5 hours a week. In private practice you may need to work evenings and weekends.
You’ll see patients in hospital or in the community, working in health centres, day nurseries, special schools, or school clinics.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could become a specialist orthoptist, working with people affected by stroke, or with children.
You could become a head or consultant orthoptist, and manage a team or department.
You could also take further qualifications and move into research or teaching, or work in private practice and set up your own clinic.
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Last updated: 26 April 2018