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.
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.
adults with double vision associated with other conditions such as
diabetes, thyroid disorders, trauma and neurological conditions e.g.
- 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.
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."
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