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Orthoptists

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Provide instructions to patients or family members concerning diagnoses or treatment plans.
    • Perform diagnostic tests or measurements, such as motor testing, visual acuity testing, lensometry, retinoscopy, and color vision testing.
    • 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.
    • Interpret clinical or diagnostic test results.
    • Develop or use special test and communication techniques to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of children or disabled patients.
    • Provide training related to clinical methods or orthoptics to students, resident physicians, or other health professionals.
    • Refer patients to ophthalmic surgeons or other physicians.
    • Prepare diagnostic or treatment reports for other medical practitioners or therapists.
    • Collaborate with ophthalmologists, optometrists, or other specialists in the diagnosis, treatment, or management of conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal diseases.
    • Present or publish scientific papers.
    • Perform vision screening of children in schools or community health centers.
    • Participate in clinical research projects.
    • Assist ophthalmologists in diagnostic ophthalmic procedures, such as ultrasonography, fundus photography, and tonometry.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
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    Workplace Documents
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    Graphic Literacy
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    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 84360/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 40.56/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

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    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Self Control

    Tools

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

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Presentation software
    • Medical software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Computer based training software
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