Vision Therapist Salary
Women comprise the majority of Vision Therapists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $14.61 per hour on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Vision Therapists. One-fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than one in ten collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$20,273 - $67,070|
|Total Pay (||$21,293 - $42,494|
|Hourly Rate||$10.21 - $20.04|
|Overtime||$10.57 - $29.80|
|Total Pay (||$21,293 - $42,494|
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.
Pay by Experience Level for Vision Therapist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Vision Therapists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. Vision Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $43K.
Key Stats for Vision Therapist
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