Masters degrees in Orthoptics equip postgraduates with the skills to detect and correct vision defects and problems with eye movement. This often involves the use of therapeutic exercises to strengthen eye muscles and improve vision, as well as glasses and eye patches.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Ophthalmics and Public Health. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Medicine or Biology.
Orthoptists are mostly responsible for treating strabismus (wandering eye), amblyopia (lazy eye) and eye movement disorders.
Training typically involves studying how to monitor refraction and muscular eye control. This may also include vocational practice in a healthcare setting, screening for and monitoring eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy (damage caused to the back of the eye through diabetes).
Orthoptists find employment in a range of medical and healthcare settings. For example, you may work closely with ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat eye disorders in private and public health centres. You may also branch into public health, advising on changes to policy and regulation regarding eye care.
Part time distance learning
Lead academic 2018: Dr Charlotte Codina
This is a part-time distance learning course for practising orthoptists and other eye care professionals.
It's taught online (supported by two residential weekends, an introductory day for Low Vision and virtual tutorials), so you can study for a higher degree without having to leave your current post.
As this is a distance learning programme, attendance in Sheffield is only required for two residential weekends (Year 1 and Year 2), and for the Low Vision module option only, for an Introductory Day and clinical examination. Modules with no residential weekend or introductory day are supported by virtual tutorials. Modules are accessed online, therefore broadband internet access is required.
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Teaching is by distance learning, supported by two weekend residentials that take place in Sheffield and virtual tutorials using e-technology.