Orthoptics (Bachelor)

Ophthalmology with a vision

Orthoptists are highly sought after specialists in ophthalmology, focussing on the eye and the central visual system. Together with ophthalmologists, they diagnose and treat vision disorders, strabismus, and eye movement disorders. As part of our highly practical Orthoptics degree, 12 students are given the opportunity every three years to specialise in the exciting field of ophthalmology.

Study mode: full-time
Degree awarded: Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (BSc)
Duration: 6 semesters / 180 ECTS
Study places per year: 12 every 3 years (next start: 2024/25)
Location: Salzburg Campus (University Hospital LKH) Urstein Campus
Language of instruction: German
Tuition: Tuition fee Euro 363,- per semester + Euro 24.70 student union fee per semester
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Why study Orthoptics at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences?

More and more ophthalmologists rely on the expertise of orthoptists. Together, they examine, treat, and advise patients with different problems. Orthoptics is a highly specialised field in ophthalmology, which deals with the detecting of one-eye and two-eye vision problems. Plus, it also covers treating eye diseases.

In addition to the highest level of professional competence, social competence is also required in this demanding profession. After all, orthoptists have to examine, treat, and advise people of all ages with expertise and empathy.

Our Bachelor's degree programme at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences provides you with the medical, scientific, and social tools needed in this sought-after profession. During the course of your studies, you will learn all about preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitation measures based on a doctor's instructions. Plus, you will learn how to influence negative effects on the visual system.

Among others, during your Bachelor's degree course, you will learn to identify and treat diseases like:

  • Blurred vision and visual impairment
  • Strabismus
  • Amblyopia
  • Diplopia
  • Eye movement disorders
  • Nystagmus

Important aspects of your Bachelor's degree in Orthoptics

Study content and focus areas

In addition to the treatment and healing of strabismus, your main focus of study will be on neuro-ophthalmology. This includes, in particular, the diagnosis of eye movement disorders such as oculomotor nerve palsy and conjugate gaze palsy. These can lead to disturbing double vision after accidents, brain injuries, and neurological or internal diseases.

Furthermore, the curriculum of your Orthoptics degree is based on the following:

  • Fundamentals and action areas of orthoptics
  • Fundamentals of medicine and physiology
  • Social-communicative methods and applications
  • Strategic competencies across disciplines
  • Scientific work

Professional internships and study abroad

Gain experience abroad

From the fourth semester, you have the opportunity to complete an internship abroad. However, keep in mind that this course does not allow a whole semester abroad.

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Job prospects and careers


With an education in orthoptics, you are choosing a future-oriented field with excellent career opportunities. On completion of your Bachelor's degree programme, you will be a legally qualified orthoptist.

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Secure your place:

When choosing your degree, keep in mind that our Bachelor's in Orthoptics only starts every three years, and only has twelve places. Therefore, apply online with plenty of time to spare!

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