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Orthoptist

Orthoptist

University

$ Min. 22,39$ / h
Max. 36,07$ / h

Description and Responsibilities

Working in collaboration with ophthalmologists, orthoptists evaluate and treat binocular vision disorders through non-surgical methods. They help diagnose visual problems by conducting special tests that measure and evaluate defects in binocular vision or abnormal movement of the eyes. They design and implement non-surgical methods and treatment plans such as prismotherapy, occlusion and optical penalization exercises.

Education and Training Requirements

Orthoptists hold a certificate awarded by the Canadian Orthoptic Council (COC) and the Canadian Medical Association in conjunction with the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. The certificate must be renewed annually. 

In Canada, the curriculum must be accredited by the Canadian Medical Association. Orthoptic training in Canada lasts two consecutive years. In partnership with Dalhousie University, the Clinical Vision Science This link opens a new window. program in Halifax also offers an additional year to obtain a master’s degree.

Scholarships in orthoptics are offered to students under the scholarship program of the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. For more information, see Bourses en orthoptie page (in French only).

Required Interests, Skills and Personality Type

  • Must be a good communicator and listener
  • Must enjoy physical work and handling (medical) instruments
  • Must enjoy working in a team with colleagues and other professionals
  • Must have ability to synthesize information
  • Must know how to observe and analyze situations and people
  • Must love contact with the public

Personality Type (RIASEC)

ISR
  • I - Prefers studying, understanding and solving problems
  • S - Prefers to be in contact with people and to help them
  • R - Prefers practical work and handling tools

Work Environment

Orthoptists mainly work in hospitals

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