The work of orthoptists involves the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions. Orthoptists help with eye conditions that people are born with or develop, including retina damage and reduced vision due to a squint. They also treat adults and children with eye movement difficulties due to diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, trauma, and strokes. Some orthoptists specialise in conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration.

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Graphic of a clipboard on background of medical illustrations that reads: Profession: Orthoptist Essential Qualifications: Degree or degree apprenticeship in orthoptics (rare avaibility Frequently works in: Hospitals, community eye services, child development centres and adult day care facilities. Frequently works with: Optometrists, nurses, healthcare support workers Average working hours: 37.5 hours in daytime working hours but may include evenings and weekends Key skills: Analytical, attention to detail, able to work well with their hands, communication