Orthoptists are allied health professionals who specialise in the diagnosis and management of disorders of eye movements and associated vision problems. In performing these functions orthoptists are an integral part of the eye health team providing investigative testing of diseases such as glaucoma, assessment and management of eye movement disorders (for example, following a head injury) and rehabilitation of persons with sight loss due to eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. Orthoptic treatment of certain conditions can relieve visual symptoms and enhance visual performance. Orthoptists work in many areas including neonatal care, paediatrics, rehabilitation, geriatrics, neurological impairment, community services and ophthalmic technology.
Orthoptics Australia is the national peak body representing orthoptists across Australia. The organisation strives to:
1. Promote and advance the discipline of orthoptics
2. Support its members, ensuring they receive quality service to further their work and career opportunities
3. Develop and enhance the profession of orthoptics so as to contribute to the excellence in eye health care for patients in public hospitals and ophthalmology practices, and throughout the community.