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Orthoptists

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Orthoptists work in the offices and examination rooms of private practices, clinics, and hospitals. Their work space is usually clean, well lighted, and well organized. They work full-time hours, typically 40 hours per week. Those that work in clinics or hospitals may work in the evenings, weekends, and/or during holidays. Every work day will be different, as the patients' needs and personalities will vary. The job requires not only knowledge of ophthalmology, but also an understanding of people and an ability to actively listen to patients. Strong communication skills are needed to effectively share information with other medical professionals as well as patients. 

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