LVCOL: Reading: An Orthoptic Perspective

Course Overview

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CPD Accreditation:

HPCSA: 1 Clinical CEU, Level 1
OASA (Ocularist Association of South Africa): Universal – 1 (one) point

Course Content:

Linda Malan will present a description of how our eyes work together to read. If the eyes aren’t working correctly, the brain is unable to interpret the meaning. The orthoptist can help in several circumstances to train the eye muscles to work more fluently in order to achieve easy, accurate reading.

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The Low Vision Centre of Learning is very excited to welcome Orthoptist, Linda Malan.

Linda Malan has always been involved in teaching, and has taught medical students, registrars, Ophthalmic Nurses, and Optometrists, both the theory as well as the practical aspects of Orthoptics. She has delivered numerous lectures and practical demonstrations on Orthoptic related subjects at both local and international seminars and conferences. She examines medical students as part of their ophthalmology rotation. In addition, she has assisted in the running of the College of Medicine examinations in Ophthalmology. Linda Malan owns an Orthoptic practice in the course of which she works from the medical practices of two separate Ophthalmic surgeons  and Eye Hospitals on a part time basis.

An Orthoptist is part of a team consisting of Optometrists and Ophthalmological Surgeons. As part of said team, the Orthoptist is uniquely trained to examine and diagnose patients with squints and double vision.  The team together diagnoses patients and thereafter the team, as a unit plans the treatment for these patients. An Orthoptist supervises treatment for Amblyopia (lazy eyes); accurately measures squints for surgical procedures; plans, teaches and follows up patients who need exercises to strengthen binocular vision.

In addition, an Orthoptist cares for the support of patients with Diplopia (double vision) by means of prisms and/or occlusions.

Other duties performed by an Orthoptist include inter alia the following:

  • Visual Fields
  • OCT’s ( Ocular Coherence Tomography)
  • Fluorescein Angiograms
  • Ultrasounds
  • Retcam (photos of retina in babies)

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