OAW - Discover the depths of Orthoptics

HAPPY Orthoptics Awareness Week all!

This year OAW is all about 'Discovering the depths of Orthoptics'. I felt it was perfect timing to release my All About Eyes Blog on the eve of OAW (March 5th - 9th 2018).

The purpose of OAW is to create a greater awareness of Orthoptics and to highlight the importance of the profession in the community.

Orthoptists can work in a broad range of sub-specialities in Ophthalmology including glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and strabismus.

Follow Orthoptics Australia social media to see how Orthoptists help detect, diagnose and treat eye conditions. Each day of the week will feature a different Orthoptist with statistics and interesting facts.

TWITTER: follow @OrthopticsAU
FACEBOOK: like & follow Orthoptics Australia
INSTAGRAM: follow orthopticsau

Q. What do I love most about my job as an Orthoptist?
A. I love that no two patients are ever the same. Which means that no two days are ever the same. I love communicating, interacting and educating patients of all different ages, cultures and characteristics on eye health.

Q. How many patients do I see in one day?
A. Highly variable. Some days I work alongside 3 Opthalmologists with 4 Orthoptists so we can see around 60 patients and that's just before lunch time! Other days it may be 15 patients throughout the whole day but most will need minor procedures so it takes much longer to consult each patient.

Q. What is one of the most rewarding parts of being an Orthoptist?
A. Showing patients their visual acuity measurement from before a surgery compared to the post-operative result and the delighted look on their face when explaining that they can see the world in HD now.

Check out my interview with Health Professional Radio about OAW

Eye'm out,



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