What is an Orthoptist?
Orthoptists are allied health professionals recognized by the American Medical Association and work alongside ophthalmologists, primarily in pediatric or neuro-ophthalmology. Orthoptists function similarly to a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner but must receive highly specialized training focused on assessing eye movement and binocular vision disorders in children and adults.
Orthoptists work with patients of all ages. Patients may be referred to an orthoptist for a sensorimotor evaluation which includes assessment of amblyopia, strabismus, double vision, nystagmus and other complex disorders related to binocular function. Orthoptists may also evaluate patients before and after strabismus surgery or at the time of their appointment with the ophthalmologist. Your orthoptist may suggest a variety of non-surgical treatment options including occlusion, prism, glasses, exercises or pharmacological intervention.
It is the goal of orthoptists to improve the quality of life of all patients by raising awareness of binocular vision disorders and promoting a positive working relationship between patients, parents, and ophthalmologists. Together, orthoptists and ophthalmologists strive to limit childhood blindness and restore the standard of living for adults suffering from debilitating double vision and eye misalignment.
Bevin proudly joins the team at Children’s Eye Care as a graduate of the Ida Iacobucci Orthoptic Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Prior to her orthoptic fellowship Bevin had the pleasure of serving as Dr. Lipsky’s ophthalmic assistant for over four years. Her time in Michigan coupled with years of clinical experience alongside Dr. Lipsky provided Bevin with an extensive understanding of all aspects of pediatric and adult strabismus. As the 2019 Foundation for Orthoptic Research and Education in America scholarship recipient, Bevin is passionate about improving the quality of life in children and adults who suffer from binocular vision disorders. She also received the Richard G. Scobee Award, a national award for the orthoptist who achieves the highest combined written and oral score on the orthoptic certifying boards each year.
Having received her Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology from the University of Georgia, Bevin is a big fan of Georgia football. In her free time, Bevin enjoys children’s theater, dance and trying new restaurants in the metro-Atlanta area. Go Dawgs and Go Blue!