Orthoptist (3125)

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)

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Education

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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Information for foreign-trained Orthoptists - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

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Date modified: October 3, 2018

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