Orthoptics is an allied health field in ophthalmology, which pertains to the evaluation and treatment of pediatric and adult patients with visual disorders, emphasizing binocular vision and eye movements. Orthoptists are uniquely skilled in diagnostic techniques, clinical interpretation and therapeutic modalities.
Orthoptists serve patients of all ages, but because of the nature of many binocular disorders, the majority of patients are children. Adult care in the field of orthoptics is uniquely challenging and rewarding. This is a versatile field with opportunities and responsibilities in a variety of clinical settings.
Orthoptists may work in hospital or university settings with involvement in patient care, academics and clinical research or in private ophthalmology practices.
The Saskatoon Health Region Orthoptic Teaching Program aims to develop skilled, innovative and reflective orthoptists with a sound scientific approach to patient care, research and technology, and a commitment to professional development. Our mission is to provide the best educational experience possible while providing quality patient centered care.
Video: What is an orthoptist and The Canadian Orthoptic Society (TCOS)