1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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2399-13 Orthoptist

Diagnoses and manages eye movement disorders and associated sensory deficiencies.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • diagnoses eye movement disorders and defects of binocular function
  • tests visual acuity, including function of visual pathways, eye movements, freedom of vision and intraocular pressure, using special eye test equipment
  • prescribes exercises to coordinate movement and focusing of eyes
  • manages programs for eye movement disorders and instructs and counsels patients in the use of corrective techniques and eye exercise
  • records patients' conditions, treatments and progress
  • conducts field testing, such as glaucoma investigation and preventative screening and rehabilitation programs for the visually impaired

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