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What are low vision orthoptists?

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

Low vision orthoptists are eye care professionals who specialise in working with patients with low vision, which refers to vision loss that cannot be corrected with standard glasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery. These professionals work with patients to optimize their remaining vision and maximize their ability to perform daily activities.

Low vision orthoptists use a variety of techniques and tools to evaluate a patient's visual abilities and needs. They may use specialized equipment such as magnifiers, telescopes, and other visual aids to help patients with tasks such as reading, writing, and using electronic devices. They may also work with patients on developing strategies for managing their vision loss, such as adapting lighting or modifying their environment. Blink offers low vision support, you can see the range of services and programs they provide here.

In addition, low vision orthoptists may collaborate with other healthcare professionals such as ophthalmologists, optometrists, occupational therapists, and rehabilitation specialists to provide comprehensive care to patients with low vision. They may also provide counselling and emotional support to patients and their families as they adjust to living with vision loss.

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