- the ability to work well with others
- sensitivity and understanding
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- thinking and reasoning skills
- knowledge of medicine and dentistry
- to enjoy working with other people
- knowledge of English language
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Depending on where you work, as part of your day-to-day duties you may:
- diagnose squints, lazy eyes (amblyopia), reduced or double vision, and disorders due to injury or illness
- manage conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, stroke, retinal disease and neurological disorders
- carry out vision tests on children
- suggest treatments like eye patches, eye exercises, contact lenses or low vision aids
- refer to another specialist or a surgeon
- work within a team of other healthcare professionals, like ophthalmologists (eye surgeons), optometrists (who prescribe and dispense glasses and lenses) and vision scientists.
You could work in an NHS or private hospital or in the community.
With experience, you could become a specialist orthoptist, working with people affected by stroke, or with children.
You could become a head or consultant orthoptist, and manage a team or department.
You could also take further qualifications and move into research or teaching, or work in private practice and set up your own clinic.