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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The evaluation and nonsurgical treatment of visual disorders caused by imbalance of the eye muscles, such as strabismus.

or·thop′tic adj.
or·thop′tist n.
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(Medicine) a person who is qualified to practise orthoptics
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Noun1.orthoptist - a specialist in orthoptics
medical specialist, specialist - practices one branch of medicine
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Every 5 years, the nurses and physicians responsible for the screening participate in a one-day training program led by a screening director and orthoptist. Patients have a total of 7 free eye screenings (at 1, 2, 3, 6-9, 14-24, 36, and 45 months of age).
At the Royal London Hospital, all stroke survivors are administered a functional vision screen by occupational therapists to assess convergence, smooth pursuits, saccades, visual field deficits, and visual inattention [5] before being referred to an orthoptist for a full evaluation, including acuity testing.
Al Qatami further noted that the centre has 83 specialised medical staff and 40 therapists that offer a number of services that aim to improve the quality of life, they include but are not limited to: physiotherapy, rehabilitation and physical medicine, occupational therapy, speech therapy, orthoptist fabricating devices, nutritional programs to name a few.
Orthoptist Aman Mann, said: "There are lots of different abilities among the team but we are all up for the challenge and are taking a really good team spirit to the top of Snowdon.
Sally Hurring, our Hawkes Bay Orthoptist, explained her role.
Yong Ern Lim, B.Hlth.Sc., M.Orth., orthoptist and honours student, Department of Clinical Vision Sciences, Department of Clinical Vision Sciences, School of Allied Health, La Trobe University, Victoria 3086, Australia; e-mail: <lye0128@ ymail.com>.
Asian Eye is composed of a team of medical specialists with ten, full-time exclusive and affiliate ophthalmologists, a full-time Low Vision and Contact Lens Specialist, and a pediatric optometrist and orthoptist, most of whom obtained fellowships in their specializations at Harvard Medical School.
Orthoptist Professor Kathryn Rose, head of the study, explained that exposure to direct sunlight at a young age helps prevent the eyeball from growing too fast and becoming oval or egg-shaped instead of round, News.com.au reported.
She was raised in Belfast and educated at St Andrews, Scotland, before training as an orthoptist in Oxford.
Andrew Fox, the hospital's head orthoptist (eye specialist) said: " Having normal sight is something you take for granted until things happen to affect it.
Andrew previously worked as an orthoptist at Alder Hey Children's Hospital before returning to university to study optometry.
All I know - from years spent in "eye re-education" sessions every week at the orthoptist's - is that it is not the same and at the age of four I had surgery to help me live with the condition.