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Orthoptists - 29-1299.02

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Orthoptist
  • Clinical Orthoptist (CO)
  • Orthoptist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Assist ophthalmologists in diagnostic ophthalmic procedures, such as ultrasonography, fundus photography, and tonometry.
  • Collaborate with ophthalmologists, optometrists, or other specialists in the diagnosis, treatment, or management of conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal diseases.
  • Develop nonsurgical treatment plans for patients with conditions such as strabismus, nystagmus, and other visual disorders.
  • Develop or use special test and communication techniques to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of children or patients with disabilities.
  • Evaluate, diagnose, or treat disorders of the visual system with an emphasis on binocular vision or abnormal eye movements.
  • Examine patients with problems related to ocular motility, binocular vision, amblyopia, or strabismus.
  • Interpret clinical or diagnostic test results.
  • Participate in clinical research projects.
  • Perform diagnostic tests or measurements, such as motor testing, visual acuity testing, lensometry, retinoscopy, and color vision testing.
  • Perform vision screening of children in schools or community health centers.
  • Prepare diagnostic or treatment reports for other medical practitioners or therapists.
  • Present or publish scientific papers.
  • Provide instructions to patients or family members concerning diagnoses or treatment plans.
  • Provide nonsurgical interventions, including corrective lenses, patches, drops, fusion exercises, or stereograms, to treat conditions such as strabismus, heterophoria, and convergence insufficiency.
  • Provide training related to clinical methods or orthoptics to students, resident physicians, or other health professionals.
  • Refer patients to ophthalmic surgeons or other physicians.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Develop health assessment methods or programs.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Present medical research reports.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Test patient vision.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Treat chronic diseases or disorders.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Eye Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Medical Service Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmic Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ophthalmologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Cornea/External Disease (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Neuro-Ophthalmology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Oculoplastics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Pathology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Strabismus/Pediatrics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Vitreous/Retina (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometrist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometrist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometry (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometry Apprentice, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Craftsman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Helper, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Journeyman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Orthoptist