Diagnoses and treats visual system disorders such as binocular vision and eye movement impairments.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Performs diagnostic tests or measurements, such as motor testing, visual acuity testing, lensometry, retinoscopy, and color vision testing.
- Examines patients with problems related to ocular motility, binocular vision, amblyopia, or strabismus.
- Provides instructions to patients or family members concerning diagnoses or treatment plans.
- Evaluates, diagnoses, or treats disorders of the visual system with an emphasis on binocular vision or abnormal eye movements.
- Provides nonsurgical interventions, including corrective lenses, patches, drops, fusion exercises, or stereograms, to treat conditions such as strabismus, heterophoria, and convergence insufficiency.
- Interprets clinical or diagnostic test results.
- Develops or uses special test and communication techniques to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of children or disabled patients.
- Develops nonsurgical treatment plans for patients with conditions such as strabismus, nystagmus, and other visual disorders.
- Provides training related to clinical methods or orthoptics to students, resident physicians, or other health professionals.
- Refers patients to ophthalmic surgeons or other physicians.