Orthoptists put you straight
The Manchester Community Orthoptists is a tiny
service that makes a big impact on children's visual development,
this June they once again took part in National Eye Health Week.
The event which ran from 13th-19th June 2011
was great opportunity to promote this award winning service.
To celebrate this years event the Orthoptist's from Newton Heath
HC held a stall in the foyer of their busy local ASDA in
Wythenshawe. The theme of the event was 'Are You Sure Their
Eyes Are Perfect?' educating parents about the kind of eye problems
children can have and what to do about it. The stalls and
information available helped to dispel the myth that children will
grow out of squints and emphasised how important it was to pick up
any eye problem early for treatment to be successful.
The team were also on hand to explain the role of the Orthoptist
in the community setting. Leaflets were available with further
information, on how to arrange an appointment, as well as a list of
all the clinics where the service is located citywide. Including
how patching and glasses play a role in improving a lazy eye and
the selections of the different type of patches were on display
showing that the treatment can be fun.
The story of Matilda and her experience with the three 'O's -
Orthoptist, Optometrist and Ophthalmologist - was told through a
series of photos. From the time Matilda's mum suspected she had a
squint, through her treatment and eventual surgery. Her pre
and post op pictures were fantastic.
There were free pens, bug eyed rascals with the
'Orthoptists put you straight' logo on, bookmarks with the same
message, stickers and helium balloons which attracted
youngsters and their parents to approach the stands and ask
The afternoon was a huge success; the main message coming
through was that parents were not aware that even very young
children are able to have their eyes tested. So the Orthoptists put