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Orthoptists work alongside ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat eye disorders by performing specialized eye tests to measure and assess defective binocular vision or abnormal eye movement in patients. They prescribe treatment such as eye exercises or patching regimens. (National Occupational Classification).
Orthoptists commonly work in pediatric ophthalmology settings... because of the nature of many binocular disorders, many patients are children. Adult care in the field of Orthoptics is uniquely challenging and rewarding, found in settings of ophthalmology specific to neuro-ophthalmology and adult eye muscle disorders. (American Association of Certified Orthoptists)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- What Do Orthoptists Do? - The Canadian Orthoptic Society
- Professional Role of the Orthoptist - International Orthoptics Association
- What is Orthoptics / an Orthoptist? - American Association of Certified Orthoptists
- What Orthoptists do - EyeCareProfessions.com
- Your Ophthalmologist and the Vision Care Team - overview of vision care professions from the Canadian Ophthalmological Society
- Day in the Life of an Orthoptist (video) - from Career Box (U.K.)
- Interview: 60 Seconds with an Orthoptist - from Health Times (Australia)
- Profile of the Professional Role of the Orthoptist - overview and video from the Orthoptic Council of Europe
- How do I become an Orthoptist? - The Canadian Orthoptic Society
There are three accredited Orthoptics teaching programs in Canada: B.C. Children's Hospital, Saskatoon Health Region, and Dalhousie University. Candidates to the Orthoptic programs must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognized university. Applicants will possess excellent written and oral communication skills, and be able to relate well to children and adults (The Canadian Orthoptic Society).
Though the University of Manitoba does not offer training in Orthoptics, students may choose to complete their required undergraduate study at the university before applying to an accredited Orthoptics program. View the links below for additional training information.
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Exploring Other Education Options
- Canadian Teaching Programs - Canadian Orthoptic Council
- U.S. Orthoptic Programs - American Association of Certified Orthoptists
Information for foreign-trained Orthoptists - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Collective Agreements (Health Sciences Centre, etc.) - Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals
- European Demographics- practicing members - Orthoptic Council of Europe
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- Canadian Orthoptic Council
- The Canadian Orthoptic Society (TCOS)
- American Association of Certified Orthoptists
- International Orthoptic Association
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
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- Regional Health Authorities - Province of Manitoba
- Health Regions in Canada - listings and maps from Statistics Canada
- Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres - members
- Find an Orthoptist - TCOS member sites
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These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience:
- University of Manitoba Undergraduate Leaders in Healthcare - campus student group
- Article: How Orthoptists play a role in craniofacial syndrome therapy - Ophthalmology Times
- Article: I didn't know stroke affected eyes' - BBC News
- Physician Data Centre - Physician Workforce Surveys,
- Health Data & Reports - Canadian Centre for Health Information
- Health Care Career Guide - from TalentEgg.ca