Orthoptists assist in the management of eye movement disorders, such as strabismus (squint), double vision and amblyopia (lazy eye), aswell as the care of eye diseases including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, age related macular degeneration, systemic or neurological vision disorders and low vision.
At Senses Australia, orthoptists specialise in low vision, supporting people with vision impairment. The orthoptist will complete a functional vision assessment to determine how a person can maximise their vision. This can include recommendations with regards to lighting, glare aids and magnification devices.
Orthoptists working in low vision can provide education to the individual, to their family, schools and workplaces to give them a better understanding of a person’s level of vision and what supports can be implemented to maximise their functional vision. This can include recommendations of appropriate print size for reading or positioning within a classroom, as examples.