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Staff celebrate world orthoptic day

4th June 2013

Staff celebrate world orthoptic day

Orthoptic staff celebrated World Orthoptic Day (3rd June) with displays in the main reception areas of both Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH.

They were promoting Orthoptics as a profession to hospital staff, patients and visitors. They gave onlookers an opportunity to try out a selection of tests that are used on a daily basis to examine patients.

Second left is Lorraine Manklow - Deputy Head Orthoptist. Orthoptist and second right is Samantha Aitkenhead - Lead clinical Tutor.  The two girls in blue Tee shirts are 2nd year Orthoptic Students from Liverpool University
Second left is Lorraine Manklow - Deputy Head Orthoptist. Orthoptist and second right is Samantha Aitkenhead - Lead clinical Tutor. The two girls in blue Tee shirts are 2nd year Orthoptic Students from Liverpool University

Orthoptists diagnose and manage disorders of binocular vision and mainly work in the NHS. They assess and manage patients of all ages and work in various settings either independently or in multidisciplinary teams. Their work includes:

  • Assessing babies and small children for defects of vision including children with special needs.
  • Treating adults with double vision associated with other conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, trauma and neurological conditions e.g. multiple sclerosis.
  • Ensuring speedy rehabilitation of patients who have suffered stroke and acquired brain injuries and have vision problems.
  • Diagnosing and monitoring glaucoma - a long term eye condition.
  • Assessing patients before and after surgery for cataracts as well as visually impaired patients for low vision aids.

Lorraine Manklow, Deputy Head Orthoptist said: "Orthoptists are ideally placed to ensure effective services for patients. Our versatility provides exceptional value for money as part of the eye healthcare team."

The Trust has a close team of Orthoptists with some working cross site. The Head Orthoptist is Fiona Crotty, Lorraine Manklow is Deputy Head Orthoptist and the other Orthoptists are Jo Rose, Jayshri Patel, Sarah Bradbury and Huma Thomas. We also have Vision Technicians working in the Orthoptic team with Nicki Hadfield-Strange as the Senior Vision Technician.
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