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Also called: Certified Orthoptist, Clinical Orthoptist (CO), Orthoptist

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What they do:
Diagnose and treat visual system disorders such as binocular vision and eye movement impairments.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • medicine and dentistry
  • customer service
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software
  • Eye Tracking Exercises Enterprises Track with Letters
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Medical software
  • Computer Aided Vision Therapy CAVT
  • Therapeutic orthoptic software


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
certificate after college
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

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