Orthoptist

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Orthoptists work in ophthalmology—the branch of medicine devoted to the study and treatment of eye conditions and diseases.
  • They work with ophthalmologists to evaluate and treat disorders of vision, eye movements and eye alignment in children and adults. They are the liaison between the ophthalmologist and the patient. See www.orthoptics.org for a career video.
  • Orthoptists serve patients of all ages, but because of the nature of many binocular disorders, the majority of patients are children.
  • Orthoptists may work in private ophthalmology practices, in a hospital or medical university setting with involvement in patient care, academics and clinical research. Orthoptists may serve as directors or advisors of state and local vision screening programs.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Orthoptics is a specialized profession that is both intellectually challenging and rewarding.
  • Orthoptics combines independent diagnostic ability, technical understanding and therapeutic decision-making and an active involvement in patient care.
  • Likes interacting with and helping people.

 

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