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Certified Orthoptist, Clinical Orthoptist (CO), Orthoptist

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

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