About The Irish Association of Orthoptists

An Orthoptist is a HSCP who specialise in the assessment, diagnosis and management of disorders of the eyes, vision and eye movements. The role primarily includes providing eye care for:

  • Young children with vision problems including glasses, lazy eyes and misalignment of the eyes.
  • Children or adults with learning difficulties.
  • Adults with misalignment of the eyes.
  • Anyone with double vision who may require prism therapy.
  • Adults or children with acquired brain injury resulting in vision disorders.
  • Visual field assessments.

Orthoptists are involved in many areas of care including paediatrics, neonatology, community services, rehabilitation, geriatrics, neurology, endocrinology and ophthalmic technology. The profession continues to evolve providing extended roles In clinics such as low visual aid clinics, ocular toxicity clinics, pituitary clinics and electrophysiology clinics.

Adult Patients

Orthoptists diagnose and manage a large cohort of adult patients with strabismus, double vision, acquired visual field loss, and many more.



From new-born babies to teenagers Orthoptists assess, diagnose and manage visual disorders in the paediatric population


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