Definition of orthoptics in English:

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Pronunciation: /ôrˈTHäptiks/

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The study or treatment of disorders of vision, especially of eye movements or eye alignment.
Example sentences
  • A course in orthoptics takes three years of study.
  • It will also facilitate speech and language therapy, community welfare, orthoptics, psychology, home support services, home meals services and day care services for older people.
  • Situated in a busy teaching hospital, the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics provides facilities for both clinical and laboratory based research.



Pronunciation: /ôrˈTHäptik/
Example sentences
  • Plastic spectacle prisms, based on the same principle, are invaluable orthoptic aids to therapy.
  • Prescribed orthoptic treatment. This relates to the correction of vision through exercising the eye muscles.
  • A prospective UK cohort study found no difference in the prevalence of amblyopia between children who had been offered primary orthoptic screening at 3 years and children offered only surveillance by a health visitor.


Pronunciation: /ôrˈTHäptəst/
Example sentences
  • So ideally, for children to go through the early child health clinics, involving family doctors orthoptists, nurses, to make the screening available.
  • Amblyopia is treated by an eye specialist and an orthoptist (a specialist in childhood eye problems).
  • In the future, the government plans that a sight test should be given by an orthoptist (a specialist in vision and eye abnormalities) between the ages of 4 and 5 years.


Late 19th century: from ortho- 'correct' + Greek optikos (see optic).

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Syllabification: or·thop·tics

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