Orthoptics Abu Dhabi
A certified Orthoptist diagnoses and treats a range of ocular movement disorders affecting both adults and children.
Orthoptists are members of the eye-care team working mainly with patients who have amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (squint). They also work with patients who have suffered: Brain Injury – Diabetes – Stroke – Low Vision – Glaucoma
Orthoptists work predominantly in hospitals but may also work in community healthcare and schools.
Ms. Katy Naylor
BMedSci (Hons) PGCE
Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours in Clinical Orthoptics,
University of Sheffield 2004
Post Graduate Certificate in Education in the Post Compulsory Sector, Institute of Education 2010
Katy Naylor was educated in England and following graduation from Sheffield University she was employed by Moorfields Eye Hospital London, where she gained a wealth of experience in her specialist field. Katy had an active role both in London’s main site and its outreach centres; she has extensive experience in all branches of Orthoptic work including: ocular motility, specialist motility, paediatrics, neuro-ophthalmogy, adnexal, toxin, visual screening, primary care, accident and emergency, paediatric glaucoma and genetic clinics.
After years of professional experience, Katy continued her education and trained as a Specialist Clinical Teacher. On transferring to Abu Dhabi from Moorfields London, Katy was not only a respected member of the clinical staff but was also heavily involved in the teaching and clinical training of Orthoptic and Optometry undergraduates, pre-registration Optometrists and junior Doctors. She lectured at City University and taught 3rd and 4th year medical students from University College London and Barts /London School of Medicine.
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Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours in Clinical Orthoptics
University of Sheffield – 2009
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Medical Biology
Brunel University – 2003
Sharon was educated in the UK and completed her first degree in Medical Biology in 2003. After discovering a passion for healthcare, she joined Moorfields Eye Hospital London, specialising in electrophysiology of the eye and where she developed a particular interest in working with children and young adults. This led to her second degree in Clinical Orthoptics, Graduating with honours in 2009.
Following graduation, Sharon started to practice Orthoptics as a member of the team of highly specialist Ophthalmologists, at Guys and St Thomas’, London. The experience she acquired in assessing such a diverse and complex range of patients enabled Sharon to develop expertise in investigating, diagnosing and managing both adult and paediatric patients with complex ocular motility, neuro-ophthalmic and binocular deficits. Sharon also has a strong interest in clinical teaching leading to her becoming clinical tutor for undergraduate clinical education.
Sharon joined the Orthoptics team at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai in 2014, where her experience in Orthoptics and Electro-diagnostics has allowed her to apply her unique clinical perspective and expertise.
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Orthoptics
University of Liverpool – 2013
After graduating from the University of Liverpool in 2013, Sonal spent over 5 years practicing Orthoptics at Ashford and St Peters Hospital in the UK. As the Lead Clinical tutor she taught and mentored undergraduate Orthoptic students and pre-registration Optometrists. As an extension to her role in the National Health Service she also assisted in treating patients with intravitreal injections.
Sonal moved to Abu Dhabi at the beginning of 2020 to join the Moorfields Eye Hospital, Strabismus and Paediatric Ophthalmology team.
Sonal has a keen interest in the investigation and management of complex ocular movement disorders and children with amblyopia and strabismus, she is an expert in working with children of all ages and learning abilities.
As a skilled practitioner, Sonal has worked in large teams of specialised Ophthalmologists, working in primary vision screening, paediatric and adult ocular motility and botulinum toxin clinics, assisting in adjustable strabismus surgeries as well as supporting surgical plans for pre-operative assessments. She has contributed to audits and research to improve patient care and provide the best possible management for her patients.Sharon joined the Orthoptics team at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai in 2014, where her experience in Orthoptics and Electro-diagnostics has allowed her to apply her unique clinical perspective and expertise.
Orthoptist Abu Dhabi
At Moorfields Eye Hospital Centre Abu Dhabi, our Orthoptists work closely with Ophthalmologists and Optometrists and contribute to the wider multidisciplinary team.
What does an Orthoptist do?
Tasks regularly carried out by our Orthoptists at Moorfields Eye Hospital Centre Abu Dhabi include:
- Receiving patient referrals from Casualty, Neurology departments, other Eye Clinics, Pediatricians, School Nurses and General Practitioners.
- Investigating patients clinically to assess their vision, eye position and eye movements, using specialist techniques and equipment.
- Making a diagnosis and formulating a treatment plan, which might involve referral for surgery or the use of more conservative orthoptic treatment, e.g.amblyopia (lazy eye) therapy or Orthoptic exercises.
- Providing an explanation and full instructions to patients about their diagnosis and treatment program suggested.
- Offering continuity of care to patients.
- Working with a variety of patients ranging from babies to the elderly
- Working with patients with physical disabilities
- Working with patients with specific learning difficulties
- Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, liaising with other Specialists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Paediatricians where necessary.
- Undertaking general administrative duties related to patients care.
- Training students on placement and other health professionals, e.g. trainee Doctors and Orthoptic and Optometry students.
- Maintaining involvement in departmental research projects, the collection of clinical data for audits and the establishment of relevant protocols; keeping up to date with current practices and recording work activities as part of continuing professional development (CPD).