Sarita Beukes – Head Orthoptist
BAppSc (Orthoptics) (Hons 1) University Medal MAOB
Sarita is our head orthoptist, and has a special interest in paediatrics and low vision services. Graduating from Sydney University in 2005, she received first class honours and was awarded the University Medal for her comprehensive thesis on vision screening in preschool children. Sarita has worked at the University of Sydney in a research capacity authoring several journal articles, and as a clinical educator at the University of Sydney conducting final year orthoptic qualification examinations. Sarita joined our team in 2008 and brings a wealth of knowledge in both paediatric and adult eye health care to our practice. Sarita pioneered our service provision for children with a disability under the Better Start initiative, and has established a wonderful rapport with both our young and adult patients. She is dedicated to providing an informative and supportive approach to patient care. Sarita is an active member of Orthoptics Australia, is registered with the Australian Orthoptic Board, and holds a certificate of currency for maintaining up to date clinical knowledge.
DipAppSc (Orthoptics) (With Distinction) MAOB
Katrina graduated as an orthoptist from Cumberland College of Health Sciences, Sydney. Katrina has a special interest in all areas of paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. She is an active member of Orthoptics Australia and is registered with the Australian Orthoptic Board. As well as working for many years in private practice focused on paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, Katrina has also worked at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (The Children’s Hospital) at Camperdown, in community health, and has also been a lecturer and tutor at the University of Sydney. She has spent time in the UK and the USA furthering her orthoptic career. As a mother, Katrina brings experience of family life to her work as a paediatric orthoptist.
BAppSc (Orthoptics) MAOB
Amanda has been working in private practice specialising in the area of cataract and refractive surgery since graduating from the University of Sydney in 2005. She has an extensive knowledge of general ophthalmology and a personal interest in paediatric and adult strabismus. Amanda brings a wealth of clinical knowledge of complex general ophthalmology and adult cataract management to our team. She has an informative and friendly approach to patient care. Amanda is an active member of Orthoptics Australia, is registered with the Australian Orthoptic Board, and holds a certificate of currency for maintaining up to date clinical knowledge.
SOS welcomes Milia as the newest member to our orthoptic team. She graduated from Sydney University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences/Masters in Clinical Vision Science. She has worked in fields of paediatric and adult strabismus in private practice, along with general ophthalmology.
Milia enjoys the all the challenges that present with working with children, and she has a great technical knowledge into paediatric eye conditions.Milia is an active member of Orthoptics Australia, is registered with the Australian Orthoptic Board, and holds a certificate of currency for maintaining up to date clinical knowledge.
What is an Orthoptist
An Orthoptist is a University trained allied health care practitioner who specialises in diagnostic procedures and treatment related to disorders of the eye and visual system.
Orthoptists work in many settings, including private ophthalmic practices, public hospital eye clinics, laser eye clinics, community health centres, vision screening programs, specialised low vision services such as the Vision Australia, Guide Dogs Australia, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) and scientific and clinical research settings.
Our orthoptists at Sydney Ophthalmic Specialists are an integral part of our team, and are often your first point of contact. Our orthoptists are all experienced paediatric orthoptists who also have extensive knowledge in adult care. They are also actively pursuing research projects in paediatric eye care provision. Our orthoptists have a particular interest in:
- Vision assessments in babies, infants, school children and adults
- Eye movement and muscle disorders
- Amblyopia (reduced vision)
- Strabismus (turned or lazy eye)
- Low vision
- Convergence insufficiency
- Double vision assessment and rehabilitation
- Stroke and brain injury
- Vision assessments in adults
- Peripheral visual field testing
- Prism assessment and fitting
- Better Start eligibility assessments and treatment
- Research projects
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