Although many people have never heard of Orthoptics, it’s origins can be traced back to 1550 BC. During this time, humans began experimenting with treatments for misaligned eyes. Today, Orthoptics involves the study of eye movements and binocular vision. Orthoptists evaluate patients and administer nonsurgical treatment for visual disorders such as amblyopia, double vision and strabismus (misalignment of the eyes).
Orthoptists work with ophthalmologists to examine, diagnose and treat a variety of visual disorders in children and adults. Although they are not physicians, Orthoptists complete a two-year long medical fellowship where they receive training for diagnosing and treating pediatric and neuro-ophthalmology patients.
When assessing patients, Orthoptists perform multiple tests to measure and assess visual acuity, focusing ability, binocular function and eye movements. Once the patient has been assessed, the Orthoptist may suggest treatment such as orthoptic exercises, optical devices, and/or eye muscle surgery.
In an ophthalmic setting, an Orthoptist will perform a variety of measurements and assessments. Orthoptists:
- Assess vision and the need for glasses
- Measure the power of current glasses
- Assess double vision and administer appropriate treatment with prism
- Monitor and treat amblyopia
- Administer orthoptic treatment for eye tracking issues
- Perform preoperative measurements for eye misalignment
- Provide continuing patient education regarding their eye condition
The goal of Orthoptic treatment is to relieve symptoms and improve vision. While Orthoptists specialize in treating eye muscle disorders, they also assist in caring for patients before and after surgery, specifically those who undergo strabismus surgery.
In conjunction with an Ophthalmologist, Orthoptists can help treat your vision problems and help you achieve your highest quality of vision. Illinois Eye Center’s own Orthoptist, Rex Brown, C.O., is highly experienced in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of amblyopia, convergence insufficiency, non-surgical treatment of strabismus, and diplopia. Rex works with our Ophthalmologists to develop the best treatment plan for each patient.
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