This major is a program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of ophthalmologists, to analyze, evaluate, and treat specific disorders of vision, eye movement, and eye alignment in children and adults.
Includes instruction in eye anatomy, neuroanatomy, physiology, pharmacology, ophthalmic optics, diagnostic testing and measurement, orthoptic treatment therapy, systemic ocular diseases and disorders, principles of surgery, examination techniques, patient education, child psychology and development, learning disabilities, medical writing, and record-keeping.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Orthoptics/Orthoptist Major?
As an Orthoptist, it is your job to diagnose and treat visual system disorders such as binocular vision and eye movement impairments.
The job opportunity outlook for an orthoptist is satisfactory as this career subsector is expected to see little growth 2019-2029.
A post-baccalaureate certificate is required to enter this career area. Some states require an occupational license.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Orthoptics/Orthoptist Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Association of Certified Orthoptists
- Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology
- International Orthoptic Association
Publications/Magazines in Orthoptics/Orthoptist Optician Major