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.
An orthoptist is involved in the early detection and monitoring of eye disease, which is vital for protection against vision loss and sight problems. Our team of UK trained orthoptists has a wealth of experience in identifying common and rare eye problems, ensuring that they are caught and treated early enough to avoid more serious complications.
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 Dubai 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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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.
Emma Smyth is an experienced Orthoptist and is skilled in the investigation, diagnosis, implementation, monitoring and management both of adult and paediatric cases of binocular vision anomalies. She also has experience of complex ocular motility disorders, strabismus and amblyopia, nystagmus, congenital and acquired neurological conditions and congenital and developmental ocular abnormalities. In addition, she has a special interest in working with children and adults with special needs and learning difficulties.
Emma graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours in Clinical Orthoptics, from the University of Sheffield, UK, before joining Moorfields Eye Hospital London and working both in the main City Road hospital and various outreach clinics throughout London.
Fahima was educated in the UK and pursued her twin interests of Law and Medicine before focusing on her career as an Orthoptist, developing broad experience through roles in the National Health Service (NHS) including Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. She is multilingual and speaks English, Gujarati, Urdu and Hindi.
Following graduation, she worked as a Clinical Orthoptist with the National Health Service, serving as a Specialist Orthoptist in a part time role at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay and as an Orthoptist (Honorary Contract) with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals in a volunteer role, to gain exposure and experience to different clinical settings. Here, she would test, diagnose and manage patients with eye problems, including babies, adults and children, people with learning difficulties or behavioural disorders and elderly patients. She worked closely with ophthalmologists, clerical staff, optometrists and opticians and in preparing patients for surgery.
Fahima moved to London to pursue a career with Moorfields Eye Hospital. In addition to her clinical role at Moorfields, Fahima was a contributor to research and audits, in addition to delivering teaching in her areas of special interest. Fahima held an active role in London’s main site and its outreach centres.
After graduating from Sheffield University in 2009, Clare spent 4 years practicing Orthoptics at Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust. In 2014 Clare joined the team at Moorfields Eye Hospital London, before transferring to Moorfields in the United Arab Emirates in 2018.
As a registered Orthoptist, Clare has considerable experience treating both adults and paediatric patients with binocular abnormalities. During her time at Colchester and Moorfields, Clare has gained a wealth of clinical proficiency including specialist skills in Goldmann visual field testing, adjustable strabismus surgery assessments and management of amblyopia using both convention treatment and atropine penalisation.
Clare has a special interest in the care of children with special educational needs and learning difficulties and has undertaken several related courses. During her time in Colchester hospital she set up and ran an Orthoptic and Optometry led clinic in the local special educational needs school.
As a trained clinical teacher, Clare has experience educating medical students, allied health professionals, undergraduate Orthoptic students and other health professionals as well as supervising junior staff.
At Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai, 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 Dubai 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).