Why make an appointment with an orthoptist ?

Has a health professional asked you to make an appointment with an orthoptist? The orthoptist is a health professional specializing in the rehabilitation and rehabilitation of eye disorders. He mainly operates in the field of ophthalmology and works in collaboration with ophthalmologists.

Continue reading in order to understand this profession, as well as the exams and rehabilitation carried out alongside it.

Your appointment with an orthoptist:

general information

The procedures performed during an appointment with an orthoptist are numerous and varied. They mainly concern the visual domain and make it possible to assess, detect and treat various eye problems.


Among the skills of the orthoptist, we find in particular:


  • the vision examination;

  • the optical correction;

  • the assessment of ocular motor skills.


Among the most commonly performed procedures are visual examinations and orthoptic assessments. The orthoptist performs eye exams to measure visual acuity, that is, a person’s ability to see up close and far away. To do so, he uses different tools such as letter charts or color vision tests.


He can also perform additional examinations such as angiography or OCT to assess the condition of the retina.


To have your vision monitored by an orthoptist, it is recommended to make an appointment in a visual disorders office, such as our COP9 multidisciplinary space.

Appointment with an orthoptist :

What kind of examinations are carried out ?

During your appointment, the orthoptist will begin by carrying out a complete eye exam. He will assess visual acuity, that is to say the eye’s ability to distinguish details, using specific tests.


He will also measure eye pressure to detect possible problems such as glaucoma.


Next, the orthoptist will perform a binocular vision assessment, which concerns the coordination of the two eyes. He will check whether the eyes are working together properly, which is essential for clear and comfortable vision.


He will also look for refractive disorders, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, which affect the eyes’ ability to focus images correctly.

Finally, if the orthoptist detects abnormalities or more serious problems, he may refer the patient to an ophthalmologist for a more in-depth examination.


Indeed, certain eye pathologies such as retinal detachment or cataracts require more specialized medical care, or even surgical intervention.

COP9: make an appointment with an orthoptist, but even more!

The orthoptist is a health professional who specializes in the assessment and rehabilitation of visual disorders, and can collaborate within a multidisciplinary practice with other health professionals.

Indeed, among vision specialists, ophthalmologists and orthoptists are the most qualified to diagnose and treat visual disorders. Our orthoptists work in close collaboration with our ophthalmologist Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger to ensure personalized monitoring and patient care.

For interventions such as refractive surgery or cataract surgery, it is important to make an appointment with an orthoptist as part of a pre-operative assessment. He will work in collaboration with the ophthalmic surgeon. The orthoptist can then contribute to the care of patients during post-operative follow-up.

Orthoptic rehabilitation,

your next appointment with an orthoptist?

If necessary, the orthoptist can offer visual rehabilitation, which consists of specific exercises in order to improve the patient’s visual abilities. This is a set of exercises and techniques aimed at improving visual acuity and strengthening the eye muscles.

It is necessary to make an appointment with an orthoptist to carry out rehabilitation in case of :


Furthermore, the orthoptist can intervene in the field of low vision. This involves the rehabilitation of people with severely impaired vision, for example in cases of advanced diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration.


The orthoptist offers adapted visual aids and implements compensation techniques to improve patients’ quality of life.

In conclusion

These experts are trained to detect and treat visual disorders, while working in conjunction with ophthalmologists. This appointment with an orthoptist will allow you to detect possible problems, benefit from corrective measures such as wearing glasses or contact lenses, and receive visual rehabilitation if necessary.


Good vision is essential for a full and active daily life, so it is important to take care of your eyes and make regular appointments.

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