Kylie Smith CO

Kylie Smith, C.O. is a 2017 graduate of the Ross Eye Institute Orthoptics Fellowship in Buffalo, New York. During her two years there, she saw a wide variety of patients under the care of four different ophthalmologists, three orthoptists, and one optometrist. Prior to her fellowship, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Ferris State University.

As a certified orthoptist, she works as a physician extender, assisting with management of binocular vision problems such as strabismus, double vision, and amblyopia. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, and curling up with coffee and a good book.

Originally from the Grand Rapids area, she's excited to return and have the opportunity to care for those in the Grand Rapids community through Pediatric Ophthalmology.


What is the training of an orthoptist?

Orthoptists study 2 years in an accredited program after obtaining a baccalaureate degree. Certification requires passage of written and practical examinations administered by the American Orthoptic Council (AOC). Maintenance of AOC certification requires participation in continuing education activities.

Where does an orthoptist work?

Orthoptists typically work with pediatric or neuro ophthalmologists and often participate in the education of orthoptic students, medical students and ophthalmology residents. Some orthoptists participate in clinical and/or basic research.

What testing/treatment does an orthoptist administer?

Assessment includes determination of visual acuity level, focusing ability, binocular function and eye movements. After assessment, appropriate management regimens including amblyopia treatment, orthoptic exercises, optical devices and/or eye muscle surgery are suggested. Optical devices include lenses (with or without prism) and bifocal spectacles. Orthoptic home exercises are sometimes advised for reading problems secondary to convergence and focusing deficiencies (convergence insufficiency). Exercises do not treat learning disabilities.