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Orthoptists
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 600

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $39.59 - $63.46

Typical Annual Salary: $82,400 - $132,000

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Master's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Perform diagnostic tests or measurements such as motor testing, visual acuity testing, lensometry, retinoscopy, and color vision testing.
  • Evaluate, diagnose, or treat disorders of the visual system with an emphasis on binocular vision or abnormal eye movements.
  • Examine patients with problems related to ocular motility, binocular vision, amblyopia, or strabismus.
  • Develop non-surgical 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 non-surgical 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.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Depth perception apparatus
  • Eye charts or vision cards
  • Ophthalmic eye test lenses or accessories
  • Ophthalmic prisms
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets

Technology:
  • Computer based training software
  • Medical software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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