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Certificate of Competence as Orthoptist

Orthoptic training offers theoretical, practical and interdisciplinary instruction for a three-year degree.

The profession of orthoptist

Orthoptists are health professionals who detect and rehabilitate vision disorders by acting on the muscles that control the eyeballs.

They make a diagnosis, upon prescription by an ophthalmologist, and then perform exercises to strengthen the eye's muscles.

For example, to correct a strabismus, eye fatigue related to working with a screen, partial loss of vision following an accident.

Professional perspectives

The profession may be practised as an employee in a public or private structure, or as a self-employed person.

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Orthoptie [Description]

L’orthoptie consiste également à réaliser des examens complémentaires en ophtalmologie comme le champ visuel ou l'exploration fonctionnelle. Ces examens, essentiels au diagnostic sont effectués dans le cadre de la collaboration étroite avec l’ophtalmologiste.

Dans le cadre des troubles congénitaux ou acquis, l’orthoptiste met en œuvre les techniques et les savoir-faire les plus adaptés à l’évaluation et au traitement orthoptique du patient et participe à leur coordination. Son intervention contribue notamment au développement et au maintien de l’autonomie et à la qualité de vie du patient.

Perspectives professionnelles

60% des orthoptistes exercent en libéral en cabinet privé. Ils peuvent aussi être salariés dans les hôpitaux, des cabinets d’ophtalmologie, des cliniques, dans des structures spécialisées, en centre de rééducation ou de soins.

L'orthoptie est une profession paramédicale prise en charge par la sécurité sociale.

Training organization

The training takes place over 3 years (6 semesters and 180 ECTS) and prepares for the certificate of orthoptic ability at bachelor's level (bac +3).

At the end of the 3rd year, the certificate is awarded after validation:

  • teaching units and internships
  • of the final dissertation
  • of the certificate of clinical competence.

See the procedures for testing skills and knowledge.

Teaching and internships

The courses allow the acquisition of skills in the following areas:

  • anatomy-physiology, pathophysiology of visual function
  • optics and refraction, functional exploration
  • re-education and rehabilitation of visual and cognitive disorders
  • low vision and neurovisual
  • clinical reasoning development
  • communication and the carer-patient relationship

See the curriculum.

Simulation-based teaching is promoted within the UFR of Medical and Paramedical Sciences, as well as educational projects conducted, to promote interdisciplinarity, teamwork, clinical research, and global patient care.

Students carry out internships leading to ECTS credits, within the framework of clinical teaching:

  • first year: in the ophthalmology departments of the two university hospital centers of Marseille
  • second and third year: in university hospitals, hospital centres, ophthalmology centres, clinics or private practices.

Tuition costs

In case of admission to the course, the fees per year of study are :

  • student and campus life contribution (CVEC): 91€
  • university registration fees: 330€

The training is also accessible in continuing education: 5 365€

Student intranet

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Student intranet

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Poursuite d'études

Il existe des formations universitaires diplômantes complémentaires, par exemple en :

  • Master santé
  • Diplôme universitaire basse vision, neuro-psychopathologie des apprentissages scolaires, ou posturologie
  • Licence professionnelle d'optique