Vision Therapist Salary
The larger portion of Vision Therapists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $14.64 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one in four, and fewer than one in ten earn dental coverage. Most Vision Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Vision Therapist
Vision therapists generally work at eye doctors' offices and vision centers and hold at least a college degree in optometry or a related field. Although doctors of optometry (O.D.) primarily diagnose and treat visual health problems, some also specialize in vision therapy. Generally, these therapists provide individual treatments for those who have vision disorders, such as lazy eyes (amblyopia), crossed eyes (strabismus), difficult focus, and learning difficulty due to vision disorders.Read More...
Vision therapists work with infants, children, and adults, generally on non-surgical procedures. Their treatment programs are usually customized based on individual patients' needs in order to improve or correct vision problems or skills. Other treatments are performed by staff members who are not optometrists themselves, but are supervised closely by optometrists or visual therapists.
Some employers require that vision therapists have designation as fellows of Certified Optometric Vision Therapists (COVT). To become COVT-certified, vision therapists must pass a rigorous exam related to eye care knowledge and abilities and demonstrate behavioral and developmental care related to vision problems (this certification is issued by the COVD International Examination and Certification Board). Visual therapists must have excellent interpersonal and communications skills and be able to troubleshoot minor problems related to their work instruments. They may be required to attend various classes, workshops or conferences and are encouraged to read relevant professional journals. They may also have to train or coach new or junior vision therapists.
Vision Therapist Tasks
- Discharge patient from therapy when projected outcomes have been attained and provide for follow-up care or referrals.
- Administer and explain eye exercises, massage to help relieve pain, or prevent eye muscle crippling.
- Perform and document an initial exam, evaluate medical records and physician's referral and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
- Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.
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Pay by Experience Level for Vision Therapist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $30K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $35K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Vision Therapists make a median salary of $42K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $43K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.