There are currently 40 orthoptists working in Ireland, many of whom are part-time. We work mainly in the public service, either in hospitals or in the community setting, though many of us also work in the private sector.
The Irish Association of Orthoptists (Republic of Ireland) is the professional body for orthoptists in Ireland. Many of us are members of The British and Irish Orthoptic Society, see www.orthoptics.org.uk.
Our current Chairman is Jaina Byrne. Jaina graduated from the University of Liverpool and went to work in Norwich. In 2009, she moved to Ireland and currently works in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Jaina has a keen interest in clinical teaching and is the Lead Tutor for North Dublin. She is currently completing her Masters in Medical Education.
Emmy Goodall, who also works in Beaumont, as well as the Mater Hospitial in Dublin, is our Secretary.
Karen Cattigan is our Treasurer. Karen completed her degree in Orthoptics at Glasgow Caledonian University and went on to work in Dundee and Glasgow before moving to Ireland. She now works in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Dunshaughlin, Co Meath.
The Irish Association of Orthoptists strives to promote the profession for the benefit of patients and orthoptists. We provide guidance and teaching for other health care professionals, and represent members at national level.
The IAO Vocational Officer is Caroline Byrne (pictured below).
Having qualified in Birmingham in 1994, Caroline’s first job was at Hull Royal Infirmary.
In 1996 she moved to Kings College Hospital, London and was appointed Deputy Head in 2000. During her time at Kings, she helped establish an orthoptic led glaucoma monitoring service for the department and was also the clinical lead for neuro-orthoptic patients
Moving to Dublin in 2008, she joined the eye team at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Caroline has a keen interest in Neuro-Ophthalmology and was appointed to the BIOS Neuro-Ophthalmology SIG steering group in 2017.
Our CPD Lead is Kylie Moynagh (below). Kylie graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2008. She started her career in London and worked in several trusts including Buckinghamshire Healthcare, Imperial College Hospitals and a short post as deputy head of Barts Health trust before returning to Dublin in 2014. She now works in the Adelaide and Meath Hospital Tallaght, and primary care in County Louth.