An Orthoptist is a specialist who works with ophthalmologists to examine, diagnose, and treat a variety of visual disorders in children and adults ranging from blurred vision to misalignment of the ocular motor system. While not physicians, Orthoptists complete a two year medical fellowship where they are extensively trained in seeing a variety of patients in the field of Pediatric and Neuro Ophthalmology.
Orthoptists perform several specific tests to measure and assess visual acuity, focusing ability, binocular functions, eye movements and color vision, as well as retinoscopy and refractometry (checking a child or adult for glasses). Orthoptists also perform the measurements by which surgeons determine the procedure needed to correct a patient’s misaligned eyes.
Our Orthoptist, Rex Brown, C.O., is highly experienced in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of:
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Convergence insufficiency
- Non-surgical treatment of strabismus (eye muscle disorders such as esotropia or exotropia resulting in misaligned eyes)
- Diplopia (double vision)
Rex helps our ophthalmologists develop a treatment plan, which may involve treatment by the Orthoptist (such as patching, eye drops, and eye exercises), surgical treatment by the ophthalmologist or a combination of both.
- BA, Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University
- Orthoptic Fellowship Program, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO