Orthoptics degree: Career
On completion of the orthoptic degree graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC), to practice as an Orthoptist. Most orthoptists gain a position in the NHS soon after graduation. There are good opportunities for progression such as specialising in various areas of orthoptic care eg. neurological, children, stroke and low vision care. As clinical experience develops orthoptists can progress into more senior positions and clinical management.
Postgraduate study at university including a Masters degree or PhD in many different aspects of vision science is a further opportunity. There are limited opportunities to work within the private sector. The degree is recognised internationally so employment abroad is a possible career option.