Orthoptics is an allied health field in ophthalmology, which pertains to the evaluation and treatment of pediatric and adult patients with visual disorders, emphasizing binocular vision and eye movements. Orthoptists are uniquely skilled in diagnostic techniques, clinical interpretation and therapeutic modalities.
Orthoptists serve patients of all ages, but because of the nature of many binocular disorders, the majority of patients are children. Adult care in the field of orthoptics is uniquely challenging and rewarding. This is a versatile field with opportunities and responsibilities in a variety of clinical settings.
Orthoptists may work in hospital or university settings with involvement in patient care, academics and clinical research or in private ophthalmology practices.
The Saskatoon Health Region Orthoptic Program aims to develop innovative, skilled and reflective orthoptists with a sound scientific approach to research and technology, and a commitment to professional development.
Our mission is to provide an educational experience that supports and surpasses the attainment of entry level orthoptic skills while the student is actively participating in the provision of quality patient-centered care.
Video: What is an orthoptist? Video: The Canadian Orthoptic Society (TCOS)