Orthoptists

Diagnose and treat visual system disorders such as binocular vision and eye movement impairments.

Median Annual Wage: $73,400

Education: Post-baccalaureate certificate (86%); Bachelor's degree (11%); Post-secondary certificate (3%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Certified Orthoptist; Orthoptist; Clinical Orthoptist (CO)

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Orthoptists.

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  • Evaluate, diagnose, or treat disorders of the visual system with an emphasis on binocular vision or abnormal eye movements.
  • Perform diagnostic tests or measurements, such as motor testing, visual acuity testing, lensometry, retinoscopy, and color vision testing.
  • Develop nonsurgical treatment plans for patients with conditions such as strabismus, nystagmus, and other visual disorders.
  • Provide instructions to patients or family members concerning diagnoses or treatment plans.
  • Provide nonsurgical interventions, including corrective lenses, patches, drops, fusion exercises, or stereograms, to treat conditions such as strabismus, heterophoria, and convergence insufficiency.
  • Develop or use special test and communication techniques to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of children or disabled patients.
  • Interpret clinical or diagnostic test results.
  • Refer patients to ophthalmic surgeons or other physicians.
  • Provide training related to clinical methods or orthoptics to students, resident physicians, or other health professionals.
  • Prepare diagnostic or treatment reports for other medical practitioners or therapists.
  • Collaborate with ophthalmologists, optometrists, or other specialists in the diagnosis, treatment, or management of conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal diseases.
  • Assist ophthalmologists in diagnostic ophthalmic procedures, such as ultrasonography, fundus photography, and tonometry.
  • Perform vision screening of children in schools or community health centers.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Orthoptists.

  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Orthoptists.

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