What is the difference between an Orthoptist and an Assistive Technology Specialist?
An Orthoptist is a health professional who may work in a range of settings related to eye care. At Guide Dogs our Orthoptists:
- Assess your current level of vision to understand how it impacts your ability to access information; and
- Explore options to assist you to maximise your vision so you can access information comfortably and independently.
An Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist is a professional who is dedicated to working with people who experience functional difficulties as a result of their vision loss, supporting them to achieve their goals through the use of assistive technology.
Depending on how a person chooses to access information, they will either by assisted by an Orthoptist or AT Specialist. Our Orthoptists support people who still use their vision to access information, whereas our AT Specialists support people who use hearing or touch to access information.
When you contact Guide Dogs we will support you to connect with the most appropriate professional for your individual situation and goals.