Orthoptist

Orthoptists are eye specialists that usually work with ophthalmologists neurologists pediatricians and other medical professionals to diagnose and treat people with visual disorders. They are especially knowledgeable about eye movements and binocular vision. The website www.eyecareprofessions.com says that orthoptists help people with a wide variety of vision disorders. They perform tests to assess the problem and then develop appropriate non-surgical treatment plans. They often see young children because it is not uncommon for binocular visual problems to occur at an early age. The adults they see are often suffering from binocular and other visual problems because of head injuries or other medical disorders. In some cases orthoptists assist ophthalmologists in working with patients that have had surgical treatments but need aftercare to recover or to adjust and adapt to changes in their visual status. They also detect and develop treatment programs for visual problems related to eye muscles or neurological disorders. Orthoptists work in hospitals outpatient clinics community health facilities and ophthalmologist offices. Some work as consultants visiting several offices or clinics to see various patients. The website www.eyecareprofessions.com says that aspiring orthoptists first need to earn a bachelor’s degree and then enroll in one if the few orthoptic training programs that exist. These programs are 24 months long and include both formal classroom courses and clinical experience. Upon completing the program they take national written oral and practical exams in order to become certified. Average annual salaries for orthoptists range from $45000 to $50000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $47500
High Salary: $50000
Low Salary: $45000
Tasks: Develops non-surgical treatment options.
Performs vision tests.
Detects problems with eyes.
Provides therapy options for patients experiencing vision problems.
Also Called: Eye Specialist
Eye Care Professional
Ophthalmologist
Optometrist
Additional Resources: http://orthoptist.net/
http://www.eyecareprofessions.com/orthoptist/
http://www.eyes.com/orthoptist.html