Nowadays, the orthoptist is not a mere complementary diagnostic tests performer, he performs many clinical acts in the ophthalmology field. In addition to not being a mere complementary diagnostic tests performer, he actively collaborates throughout the patient's follow-up, working as a team with the ophthalmologist doctor.
For example, in cases of diabetic patients, it's the orthoptist who performs the exams that allow to see the retina and detect the first signs of diabetic retinopathy, in glaucoma, he evaluates the general state of the optic nerve, as well as the intraocular pressure and the respective visual field. In children's cases, he can early detect any anomaly in its visual function.
In short, the orthoptist is a fairly complete professional.
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