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The Orthoptic service is based at the West of England Eye Unit, clinics are also held at a number of local hospitals in East & Mid Devon.


Orthoptists are allied health professionals who specialise in the assessment and treatment of conditions that affect visual development, binocular vision and eye movements.


Many of our patients are children who have conditions such as a squint, lazy eye (amblyopia) or a condition that affects their normal visual development. The orthoptic service also offers vision screening to all children in Exeter, East & Mid Devon between 4-5 years of age.


Adults are referred to us if they have problems affecting their binocular vision or eye movements. Many adults we see will be experiencing diplopia (double vision) or have problems judging depth and distance. Treatment of their symptoms can help people return to work, resume driving and improve their quality of life.


Orthoptists also work closely with other members of the eye care team in combined clinics with optometrists and ophthalmologists.


Exeter is a clinical placement centre for undergraduate orthoptic students who will sometimes be working in the department under the supervision of a qualified member of staff.




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