What does an Orthoptist do?

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

Jobs Roles

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