I was always keen to pursue a career in healthcare and after undergoing successful orthoptic treatment as a child, I knew that a career in orthoptics would be very rewarding. In addition to core orthoptic work which involves investigating and managing various disorders of ocular motility and visual development, orthoptists can undertake extended roles such as special educational needs and stroke rehabilitation which allows you to develop specialist skills. I began my career in 2015 and shortly afterwards I joined the stroke team where I investigate and manage patients with visual impairments post-stroke. Through this role I work with a variety of other health professionals including physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, nurses and healthcare assistants.
There are many opportunities for Orthoptists to undertake further study alongside their clinical practice; In 2020 I completed my master’s degree which has enabled me to take on a new role as paediatric lead, where I am responsible for triaging paediatric ophthalmology referrals, overseeing the paediatric waiting lists and conducting specialist clinics using skills that I have gained from further study and in-house training. Further to this, I am currently undertaking a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice (Paediatrics) and on completion of this I will be able to practice as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner.
My career as an orthoptist has been incredibly rewarding and no two days are the same.
Faye Mather Advanced Orthoptist-Paediatric lead