Vienna-Jaye Burchell

@NHS from 14/01/19 to 18/01/19

Twitter Handle: .@VJayeBurchell

Patient/Carer or NHS Staff:  NHS Staff

Condition or job title: Orthoptist

Place of treatment/care or workplace: Dorset County Hospital

#HelloMyNameIs Vienna-Jaye and I’m an Orthoptist in the eye department at Dorset County Hospital. I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2017 with a BMedSci (Hons) in Orthoptics. I was seen by an Orthoptist as a patient up until the age of 5 and had patching treatment as well as squint surgery which is how I heard about the career.

I love my job as an Orthoptist and I assess, diagnose and manage patients with visual development and eye muscle disorders. This includes children with lazy eye (amblyopia) and squint (strabismus), as well as adults with double vision (diplopia). Treatments we provide are non-surgical and include patches, prisms, and eye exercises. We can refer patients for surgery and botulinum toxin (Botox) treatments as well.

I’m also involved in extended roles, so called because these have previously been outside of the normal scope of an Orthoptists work. I am involved with medical retina clinics as well as screening for uveitis (inflammation in the eye) in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. As well as this I’m part of the falls group at Dorset County Hospital which involves lots of different staff members aiming to reduce the number of falls patients have. My role is advising about how vision may affect falls, if a patient has visual problems they are often more likely to fall.

I love the variety of patients I get to see in my job, the successes of treatments and particularly the improvement in patient’s confidence after management. I am hoping to promote the work of Orthoptists as often people have never heard of the essential work that we do!

In my spare time I enjoy swimming, teaching swimming and baking. I’m also very much looking forward to a few days away in Vienna in March!

Relevant links:

British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) www.orthoptics.org.uk

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust www.dchft.nhs.uk

University of Sheffield Orthoptics https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/medicine/prospective_ug/bmedsci