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Most orthoptists have completed a two-year fellowship program in orthoptics, are certified, and have four or more years of work experience. The job requires strong knowledge of eye disorders and treatment methods. In addition to strong science and math knowledge, orthoptists must have good interpersonal skills. They examine and interact with patients and others every day while they are on the job. Some patients will be nervous or difficult, so the ability to be patient and reassuring is essential. Attention to details is critical, and the ability to clearly explain medical procedures and test results to patients and their family members in ways that they can understand is also key in this work. Orthoptists must be able to detect when something is wrong and apply critical thinking and scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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