Orthoptists

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

3400+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Diagnose and treat visual system disorders such as binocular vision and eye movement impairments.

Common job titles of Orthoptists include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 78.95% said they needed a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.

  • 10.53% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

Essential Tasks

    Examine patients with problems related to ocular motility, binocular vision, amblyopia, or strabismus.

    Develop nonsurgical treatment plans for patients with conditions such as strabismus, nystagmus, and other visual disorders.

    Provide nonsurgical interventions, including corrective lenses, patches, drops, fusion exercises, or stereograms, to treat conditions such as strabismus, heterophoria, and convergence insufficiency.

    Evaluate, diagnose, or treat disorders of the visual system with an emphasis on binocular vision or abnormal eye movements.

    Provide instructions to patients or family members concerning diagnoses or treatment plans.

    Perform diagnostic tests or measurements, such as motor testing, visual acuity testing, lensometry, retinoscopy, and color vision testing.

    Develop or use special test and communication techniques to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of children or disabled patients.

    Interpret clinical or diagnostic test results.


Regular Tasks

    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.

    Refer patients to ophthalmic surgeons or other physicians.

    Assist ophthalmologists in diagnostic ophthalmic procedures, such as ultrasonography, fundus photography, and tonometry.


Occasional Tasks

    Collaborate with ophthalmologists, optometrists, or other specialists in the diagnosis, treatment, or management of conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal diseases.

    Perform vision screening of children in schools or community health centers.

    Present or publish scientific papers.

    Participate in clinical research projects.

Tools

Worth 4-dot tests

Visuscopes

Vision testing charts

Trial lenses

TNO stereo tests

Titmus stereo tests

Teller acuity cards

All Tools

Synoptophores

Snellen eye charts

Slide projectors

Sheridan Gardiner tests

Scanning laser ophthalmoscopes

Retinoscopes

Randot stereo tests

Portable biomicroscopes

Pinhole occluders

Personal computers

Pediatric trial frames

Overhead projectors

Optokinetic drums

Ophthalmic slit lamps

Ophthalmic prisms

Ophthalmic perimeters

Ophthalmic lensometers

Opaque occluders

Maddox rods

LogMAR charts

Lea symbols near vision cards

Laptop computers

Lang stereo tests

Indirect ophthalmoscopes

Hertel exophthalmometers

Handheld fixation lights

Fresnel prisms

Focimeters

Fixation targets

Direct ophthalmoscopes

Digital fundus cameras

Digital cameras

Deviometers

Contrast sensitivity charts

Combined vertical/horizontal prism bars

Color vision testing devices

Cardiff cards

Bagolini lenses

Animated fixation targets

Amblyoscopes

Adult trial frames

Technologies

Computer Aided Vision Therapy CAVT

Eye Tracking Exercises Enterprises Track with Letters

MAX Systems Max-Gold Medical Clinic Software

SeeRite Flash and Match

Therapeutic orthoptic software

Skills

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.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Knowledge

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

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