RIDBC celebrates Orthoptic Awareness Week

27/02/17
RIDBC celebrates Orthoptic Awareness Week Cindy Lieu is one of five orthoptists at RIDBC VisionEd, who uses her orthoptics training, clinical knowledge and experience to assess children with vision loss.

As part of Orthoptic Awareness Week, 27 February – 3 March, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is celebrating the role of orthoptists in improving life outcomes for people with vision impairment.

Orthoptic Awareness Week aims to heighten the awareness and understanding of the important role orthoptists play in helping people maximise their residual vision and in preparing for the future when their vision may change.

"RIDBC's specialised and highly skilled team of orthoptists play an integral role in ensuring the best possible outcomes for children and adults with vision impairment through their specialised assessments and clinical expertise, client engagement and support,” said RIDBC VisionEd Manager, Harzita Hashim.

"At RIDBC, orthoptists conduct specialised vision assessments for children and adults, providing advice on how to optimise visual function. Our orthoptists also work closely with families and professionals to help them understand the impact various vision conditions have on visual functioning.
"When working with families, RIDBC orthoptists use a range of approaches to assess children with vision loss. They might use toys and tests with sound, lights or texture to encourage young children to explore and attend to objects.

“Our orthoptists also conduct school assessments to ensure students are best supported in the classroom, such as being seated in the right position to maximise their functional vision, or ensuring that appropriate lighting conditions are created. Our orthoptists also assess the size of print and pictures to enhance a child's ability to see detail and to sustain comfortable viewing while learning," said Harzita.

Cindy Lieu is one of five orthoptists at RIDBC VisionEd, who uses her orthoptics training, clinical knowledge and experience to assess children with vision loss.

“I love the challenging, meaningful and authentic work that is involved in a functional vision assessment with RIDBC VisionEd. Each assessment is different and unique and it is very rewarding to share knowledge with families, teachers and consultants while constantly learning new information and skills from each other.

“I enjoy the creativity that is required to assess functional vision in children with low vision. It is more like play than a test! The best part of my day is feeling proud of my work and being able to reassure or inform families. It is a humbling and inspiring experience to work with these children, their families and such a knowledgeable and supportive multidisciplinary team,” said Cindy.

To find out more about RIDBC's full range of programs and services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss, go to www.ridbc.org.au or call 1300 581 391.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with hearing or vision loss, supporting thousands of adults, children and their families, each year.

RIDBC is a charity and relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in the lives of children and adults with vision or hearing loss.