Orthoptist Fits Boy for Glasses

Orthoptists test, diagnose, and treat defects in the eye. The types of defects they treat can include double vision, binocular vision, or abnormal eye movements. They work in private practices, hospitals, health care centers, and in eyecare stores that offer eye examinations. They examine patients, perform diagnostic tests, and provide treatment recommendations and instructions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported orthoptists as part of approximately 56,000 health diagnosing practitioners employed in the United States in 2016.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Examine, diagnose, and treat eye disorders; instruct patients on treatment plans
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country, with many jobs in major metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Four or more years experience; two-year fellowship program
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Department Head
  • Senior Orthoptist
  • Orthoptist

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