What is an orthoptist?
Our orthoptists work alongside our paediatric specialists and neuro-ophthalmologists to assess both children’s and adult’s eyes for a wide variety of vision effecting conditions, including squints, strabismus and lazy eye. Orthoptists focus on patients who experience blurred, oscillating or double vision, misalignment or uncontrolled eye movement and abnormal head positions. They are trained to offer a range of management or correction treatments such as eye patches, exercises, prisms or special glasses.
Orthoptists also commonly work with patients who have neurological conditions such as stroke or multiple sclerosis, to provide advice and general rehabilitation for these patients.
Here at Auckland Eye, we have 2 amazing orthoptists; Federica (Fefe) Ferruzzi and Aurélie Delhommais. Fefe has been working at Auckland Eye since Jan 2019 and Aurélie joined us in May, 2022.
At Auckland Eye, first time appointments for strabismic or amblyopic eye conditions, are seen by an orthoptist, and then followed with an appointment with a specialist, ideally on the same day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Orthoptists assess child’s vision and eye alignment. They help doctors diagnose children’s eye conditions. They may dilate the child’s eye before seeing the doctor which can take 45 minutes to work, and effect may last up to 48 hours.