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Licensed Optician Vision Refined Video Series
The production of this video series was made possible by the generous financial contributions of the Opticians Association of Canada, the College of Opticians of British Columbia and the College of Opticians of Alberta.



Average Optician Salary : Optician Wages in Canada (February 2012)
Visit the above link for details on hourly wages for Opticians in Canada.
Resource: http://www.livingin-canada.com

June 27, 2013 - OAC and Breton Communications Announce Litigation Resolution
Winnipeg (Manitoba) and Laval (Quebec), June 27, 2013 – The Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) and Breton Communications Inc. (Breton) jointly announce that the lawsuit filed by the OAC, as well as the countersuit filed by Breton against the OAC and Organisacom, a subsidiary of M2L Media, have been settled.

June 25, 2013 - Stem cell therapy holds promise for eye disorders
A review published in Progress in Retinal and Eye Research provides a comprehensive outline of current and future therapy for uveitis (also called intra-ocular inflammation). 
Source: http://www.sciencewa.net.au

June 12, 2013 — Easy and Effective Therapy to Restore Sight: Engineered Virus Will Improve Gene Therapy for Blinding Eye Diseases
Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed an easier and more effective method for inserting genes into eye cells that could greatly expand gene therapy to help restore sight to patients with blinding diseases ranging from inherited defects like retinitis pigmentosa to degenerative illnesses of old age, such as macular degeneration. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Source: www.sciencedaily.com

May 22, 2013 - OAC Receives Certificate of Commendation
The OAC received a letter of gratitude as well as a Certificate of Commendation from the New York State Society of Opticians in recognition of our support of Opticians impacted by Hurricane Sandy by donating to the Opticians Storm Recovery Fund.
Our donation helped provide 47 New York State Opticians with the support to help rebuild their practices and lives in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
CLICK HERE to view the letter, Certificate of Commendation as well as the NYSSO newsletter that thanks all contributors to the NYSSO's Storm Recovery Assistance Fund.

April 22, 2013 - We Say Goodbye to One of the Great's of Opticianry
Fred Dalby died on Friday, April 5th at the great age of 98 in Toronto. Many of our colleagues may not have known Fred or know of the important contribution he made to Canadian opticianry. However all of us, both retired and still working benefited from Fred’s tireless enthusiasm in promoting Canadian opticianry. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

April 12, 2013 - Opticians Association of Canada and Jobson's 20/20 Continuing Education Group Announce Partnership

NEW YORK – 20/20 Magazine’s Continuing Education Group has entered into a formal agreement with the Optician’s Association of Canada (www.opticians.ca) to share and distribute accredited educational content.

March 11, 2013 New Registrar Appointed by College of Opticians of B.C.
Vancouver - Raheem Savja, Chair of the College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) today announced the appointment of Connie Chong as Registrar, effective March 11, 2013. Ms. Chong has served as Acting Registrar since February 2012. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

December 12, 2012 - OAC Donates to Opticians Storm Assistance Fund
In response to the recent events in New York State as related to the storm and rebuilding efforts, the OAC shows our American colleagues that we wish them a complete recovery and success in attaining their goals. The OAC believes the services provided by Opticians are vital to Vision Care. The funds donated are in recognition for these services and the communities served by these Opticians.

CLICK HERE to read the letter sent by OAC President, Dalie Schellen

CLICK HERE to see the NYSSO Newsletter that thanks the OAC and Canadian Opticians for their support

November 23, 2012 - Shedding light on night vision problems
By Richard Russell, The Globe and Mail

Recent studies and a new program initiated by the Opticians Association of Canada and Canadian Association of Optometrists highlight little known conditions that impact many of us when driving at night – halos and glare. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

October 16, 2012 - OAC and OCC in the National Post
The OAC and OCC posted an advertisement and editiorial in the Vision Care supplement appearing in the October 11 National Post.


On page 4 you will see a banner ad featuring the OAC and Licensed Optician logos. On page 5, in the right hand side gutter, you will see an editiorial piece producted by the OCC, issuing the standard message at this time of year that warns of the dangers of cosmetic contact lenses.

September 25, 2012 - COBC Response to September 24, 2012 CBC News Go Public

Vancouver – On September 24, 2012 CBC News Go Public published a story about the B.C. Ministry of Social Development’s optical subsidies for low income B.C. residents under the age of 19. The College of Opticians of British Columbia (the “College”) would like to take this opportunity to clarify some aspects of this CBC News Go Public segment and to inform British Columbia’s healthcare consumers about safe vision care. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL RELEASE

September 20, 2012 - Love Your Eyes Interactive Events
The Opticians Council of Canada launched the Love Your EyesTM campaign in mid-August as part of the ongoing Licensed OpticianOM public awareness effort. The campaign included interactive events in 3 Canadian cities along with a nationwide online contest.

The interactive events have concluded and EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS!! Check out the video below of the interactive events and see for yourself how well received the campaign has been!

September 10, 2012 - Fostering Collaborative Vision Care in Canada
To help elevate the overall role of vision care and vision wear – and to encourage eyecare and healthcare professionals to work together – Transitions Optical held a roundtable event themed around the benefits and rewards of collaborative care. The OAC was proud to be invited to participate and commends Transitions for its support of eye care for Canadians.

Click on the links below to view the Consensus Paper developed as a result of the roundtable event:


August 16, 2012 - Love Your Eyes Campaign Set to Launch this Weekend in B.C.!
The Love Your Eyes™ campaign will begin its launch this weekend, August 18th, in Vancouver, B.C. The campaign will be also be run in Toronto and Halifax later in August. The campaign sites will be home to engaging interactive Performance Installation AdvertisementsTM. Aimed at mall pedestrians, these are interactive video-based events that will engage and educate audiences on the value of a Licensed Optician’s expertise, promoting the message of safe eye health and vision care. Love Your EyesTM care packages will be distributed to lucky recipients at each launch location.

The campaign also includes an online component that will feature all participating Licensed OpticianOM sponsors (on the campaign website), an educational aspect and a contest corresponding with the launch events. For more information, visit www.licensedoptician.ca 

May 18, 2012 - TELUS to provide Sun Life with national eClaims solution for extended healthcare providers
New paperless choice enables physiotherapists, chiropractors and visioncare providers to electronically submit claims directly to Sun Life on behalf of their clients.
For more information, CLICK HERE.

TELUS fournira à Sun Life une solution de demandes de règlement en ligne à l’échelle nationale pour les fournisseurs de soins de santé complémentaires
Le nouveau processus sans papier permet aux physiothérapeutes, aux chiropraticiens et aux fournisseurs de soins de la vue d'envoyer des demandes de règlement par voie électronique directement à Sun Life au nom de leurs clients.
Pour plus d’informations, CLIQUEZ ICI.

May 3, 2012 - CBC SHOW RETURNS TO SEARCH FOR CANADIAN COMPANIES IN NEED The BIG Decision Matches Struggling Canadian Businesses with Top Investors
The producers of CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den are looking for Canadian companies to participate in the second season of the reality business show The BIG Decision.

April 2012 - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) recently completed a review on its policy with regard to exceeding frequency limitation on eyeglass lenses. 

April 23, 2012 - Optifog by Essilor is voted Product of the Year Canada
ST. LAURENT, April 3, 2012 - Within the framework of the Product of the Year Canada program from Rogers Publishing Limited, Optifog was voted Product of the Year in the category personal comfort by Canadian consumers. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL NEWS RELEASE

SOURCE :       Marie-Claude Deschamps, Communications Manager
                           Essilor Canada Ltd

April 4, 2012 - New survey reinforces need to educate consumers on lens material options
Eyeglass wearers value advanced technology, but often defer to eyecare professional

PITTSBURGH, April 4, 2012 – A new national research study sponsored by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) reaffirms that, while consumers are interested in a lens that provides a combination of desirable attributes, they are unfamiliar with their choices. Results suggest that patients would benefit from further education on the part of their eyecare professional, especially since most would ultimately defer to their eyecare professional’s recommendation when selecting a lens material.  READ MORE

March 30, 2012 - Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012 - Budget p.429

Corrective Eyewear

Under the GST/HST, corrective eyewear that is supplied on the written order of an eye care professional authorized by provincial law to prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses is zero-rated.

Under recent provincial law changes, opticians have been authorized in certain circumstances to conduct vision assessments and produce records of the assessment that authorize dispensing of corrective eyewear. Budget 2012
proposes to zero-rate corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses supplied under the authority of an assessment record produced by a person who is entitled under the laws of the province in which the person practices to produce the
record authorizing dispensing of corrective eyewear.

This measure will apply to supplies made after Budget Day and to supplies made on or before that day if GST/HST was not charged, collected or remitted in respect of the supply.       http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/plan/toc-tdm-eng.html



(February 27, 2012; Thornhill): The Ontario Opticians Association (OOA) was shocked by the standard of investigative journalism demonstrated by the CBC's Marketplace Program "Framed" that was broadcast last Friday evening. No one from the OOA or from the opticianry profession was contacted by Marketplace. Neither did Marketplace explain why Internet dispensing of prescription eyewear is illegal in Ontario and in most of North America. Nor did the program make any balanced attempt to explain the price differentials referred to during the program.
Lorne Kashin, OOA President explained: "Dispensing prescription eyewear is what is called a "controlled act" under Ontario law. This means, based on the best expert advice, the Government of Ontario (not the opticianry profession) determined that a substantial risk of harm exists for patients if their eyewear is dispensed by unqualified or unregulated individuals. In Ontario, as in most jurisdictions, prescription eyewear may legally be dispensed only by Opticians, Optometrists and Physicians/Ophthalmologists based on a valid prescription from an Optometrist or Physician. Eyewear dispensed over the Internet rarely if ever involves an Optician, Optometrist or Ophthalmologist who is registered, and thereby qualified and authorized to dispense, in Ontario."
The OOA is working with other national and provincial associations and regulatory bodies to analyze trends in Internet dispensing of eyewear and to develop strategies to protect the public from harm.
One of the major complaints from OOA members is the number of times they are asked to correct eyewear that has been dispensed over the Internet. In a substantial number of cases, the eyewear cannot be fixed and in many cases eyewear dispensed over the Internet could easily have caused the owner significant harm.
"It surprised us that the program would give so much prominence and credibility to a disgraced, former registered Optician and refer to him as an "industry insider". We wonder if the CBC reporter took the time to review his bizarre testimony and incredible statements during the legal proceedings that led to his conviction, substantial fines and jail sentence. Was the CBC aware, for example, that his dog was one of the owners of his companies?" – Rachel Hill-Campbell, RO and OOA Board Member.

March 1, 2012 - Opticians Speak Out: Response to Marketplace Episode, FRAMED

Such a ridiculous episode!  OUR REPRESENTATION as opticians was a jailbird and a pro fashion VP of Lenscrafters.  (is he even an optician????)

Did Lenscrafters, Clearly Contacts and this guy pay for this?  I felt like I was watching an infomercial.
The comparison to online shopping and buying local (a chain!) was not really a comparison at all.  For one, just 1 pr of glasses, one optical with just 1 patient.
I also noticed they used just a binocular pd to order online.... unacceptable for a greater than -6.00 Rx that they used.
I also noticed they failed to address the issue of OC heights on line on such a deep frame or vertex distance on a higher RX.
The cost of a simple lens may only be $2-$10 worth of plastic but it is what you do with the plastic that counts.  That price is before they are custom cut with costly equipment into the specific frame choice and is before any more complicated prescriptions, surfacing, coatings or materials are considered.  They kept comparing the price of stock cr39 uncoated blanks to high index progressive coated cut and finished lenses.   
The Optometrist representation of Ontario was asked why PD's were not included in the prescription.  I wish her answer had of been "anywhere you take your prescription, the Optician or Optometrist will measure the MONOCULAR PD for you.  Online companies want you to provide that but we cannot support online glasses purchases because it DOES sacrifice your safety.  If you really want it, ok, it is on your medical record, but buyer beware.  Statistically, online glasses providers have produced errors 40% of the time that exceed Canadian and American optical standards in the rest of the industry*.  There are no laws or regulations that say how accurate your glasses prescription and measurements need to be, so it is best you choose a company you can trust, that is reputable and that will be backed with a satisfaction guarantee.  Glasses not made to standards can give the wearers blurry vision, headaches, eyestrain and even compromise safety while driving."
Online companies are also counting on local optical businesses to do adjustments, troubleshooting and service for them.  They are not able because they do not work in your neighbourhood and lack the knowledge, mandatory licensing and experience that you can find in a local optician or optometrist."   
True that the Lenscrafter pr did not fit right even after a couple adjustments but the nice thing was that the consumer could continue to return to the optical until it was to their liking.  ... much more than Clearly Contacts can do, who do absolutely nothing.  (Not even a single adjustment.  Even a simple phone call was confusing)
I don't think this even touched on progressives, prism, hyperopia, bifocals, trifocals, tints, balance lenses, near pd's or uneven prescriptions.
It really opens my eyes to how CBC Marketplace operates.  It is not important to show the truth..... just find a desired angle and then support it.
Thank you for trying to contact CBC Marketplace before it aired.
I am sorry they did not let you contribute.  If there is any way I can help, please let me know.
(Optician, CL fitter for a local group of optometrists in Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

February 27, 2012 - Fish linked to less visual decline (Anne Harding, Reuters Health, February 2012)
People with retinitis pigmentosa who take daily vitamin A and eat a couple servings of fish each week have a dramatically slower decline in distance and retinal visual acuity, according to a new report. READ MORE

February 21, 2012 -


Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) recently implemented changes to the Benefit Grid for Program of Choice (POC) 14 – Vision (Eye) Care. Attached to this correction notice is a revised version of the entire bulletin.



Anciens Combattants Canada (ACC) a récemment apporté des changements au tableau des avantages du Programme de choix (PDC) 14 – Soins de la vue (yeux). Vous trouverez ci-joint une version révisée de ce bulletin.

February 3, 2012 - Transitions launches variable polarisation

Transitions Optical has launched the world's first ophthalmic lens with variable polarisation.

The Vantage lens was unveiled to Optician at the Transitions plant in Tuam, Ireland last week ahead of the official launch at the Transitions 2012 Academy event in Florida on January 30.

February 3, 2012 - Medical College Researcher to Study Glaucoma

The Medical College of Wisconsin received a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute to investigate the mechanisms underlying the development of glaucoma.

Brian Link, Ph.D., professor of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy, is the principal investigator for the grant. READ MORE.

February 3, 2012 - Breakthrough ends 60-year absence

Inclusion within the government's new Public Health Outcomes Framework has ended more than half a decade in the shadows for public eye health.

Anita Lightstone, director of UK Vision Strategy, said it was a landmark decision for the profession to be included in the 2013-2016 framework.

She added: 'It is the first time since the inauguration of the NHS, over 60 years ago, that the importance of eye health and sight loss have been recognised by the government.  READ MORE

February 2, 2012 - Macular Degeneration Specialists Introduce New Eye Vitamin Called Focus MaculaPro

GREENBELT, Md., Jan. 31, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Summary: Over 400 retina specialists, the doctors who treat macular degeneration, start a new company called Covalent Medical, LLC to manufacture and distribute a new macular health eye vitamin called Focus MaculaPro.

The number of patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration is expected to skyrocket over the coming years.  Age-related macular degeneration (also known as AMD) is already the leading cause of vision loss for people over the age of 55 in the United States.  However, over the next several decades researchers estimate that the number of patients afflicted with macular degeneration will double.


January 24, 2012 - Business Outlook of Independent ECPs Improves at Year End, Shows Jobson Research Barometer

NEW YORK—For the last month of 2011, the outlook of independent ECPs toward their overall business saw a significant improvement, according to the latest edition of Jobson Optical Research’s Optical Business Barometer (OBB). The Barometer rose 0.3 from November’s index of 3.5, to reach 3.8 in December; its highest reading since March 2011 when the rating was 3.9.

Earlier this year, July and August held steady, both having an index of 3.7, a rise from June 2011’s reading of 3.6. Then in September, the index declined to 3.5

In contrast, the index rating for December 2010 was 3.6. “The highest rating achieved in any 2010 month for overall optical business was 3.7,” the report said.

CLICK HERE to read the Full Article

January 6, 2012 - Essilor Acquires CSC Laboratories, Second Largest Independent U.S. Wholesaler

DALLAS— Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA) has acquired CSC Laboratories, the second largest independent laboratory company in the U.S., VMail has learned. The purchase price was not announced.

Based in Watsonville, Calif., CSC Laboratories was owned by the Kim family which retains a minority share. The company is headed by D.K. Kim, who founded the company in 1967. 


January 4, 2012 - Screening Young Children for Vision Problems Easier With Spot
Vision expert calls Spot revolutionary

LAKE MARY, Fla., Jan. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Nancy Jeppesen has been conducting vision screenings on children for the past 17 years and believes the new Spot vision screener will make a tremendous impact on vision screening and help children across the country. Jeppesen explained how Spot has changed the approach to vision screening of young children.

"Up until now, it's been very difficult to screen a five year old," said Jeppesen, who in 1994 founded the non-profit agency, Florida VisionQuest, which provides complete vision services for children throughout Florida. "With Spot, we can easily screen a five year old. We can screen a two year old! It's truly revolutionary."


January 3, 2012 - Focus on the Future - Half of Canadians are ignoring their eye health and may pay the price with blindness. Are you one of them?

Toronto Star, November 2011 - Leslie Hughes is a self-employed mom on the go who, like half of all adults in Canada, has not had an eye exam in five years or more.

For Hughes, 41, it’s been 10 years, despite the fact that she wears corrective lenses — contacts she orders online using her decade-old prescription.

“I’m an ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ kind of gal,” she admits, in a telephone interview from her home in Newcastle, Ont. “It’s just one of those things that’s not on my to-do list, with all the other appointments we have going on. I force myself to go to my annual physical. I do go to a dentist. I did, at one point, put that off and it caught up with me.”

That attitude toward eye care is catching up with an increasing number of Canadians.

READ THE FULL STORY.  (Barbara Turnbull, Living Reporter)

January 3, 2012 - Dry Eye Study Recruiting Canadian Patients

The Canadian Centre for Clinical Trials is recruiting for an ongoing phase III, double-blind, randomized, active comparator trial is recruiting patients with dry, itchy and burning eyes. This Dry Eye Disease Study will test the safety and efficacy of new formulations of artificial tears for the treatment of dry eye disease against Refresh® Tears.

CLICK HERE for more information.

December 23, 2011 - Licensed Opticians Are TV Stars!

The OAC is extremely excited to announce that starting this week, the Licensed Optician commercial will be played on TV screens in Costco stores across the country.

The Licensed Optician commercial is an initiative of the Opticians Council of Canada (OCC), in which the OAC plays a major role.

“Through some very productive discussions with the representatives at Costco, we are building a partnership that will be beneficial in bringing awareness of Licensed Opticians to a broad public audience”, says Angel Cheng, Communications Coordinator for the OCC.

Check out your local Costco store for the Licensed Optician commercial!

December 14, 2011 - David Squires, 1953 - December 12, 2011

Squires, David Alan – 58, of Upper Tantallon, passed away unexpectedly December 12, 2011 in the Dartmouth General Hospital with his loving wife by his side. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Alan Sinclair and Robina Miller (Ritchie) Squires. David was a past member of Kinsmen Dartmouth; past , Director and President of N.S. Licensing Board of Dispensing Opticians; Past Director and Vice President Opticians Association of Canada; and recently held Volunteer Director positions with Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. David loved his family first and foremost. He enjoyed sharing his time and his unique sense of humor with his family; especially his nephews, nieces, stepchildren and grand daughter. He loved teaching and mentored many opticians and contact lens fitters. David had many friends. If you were a friend of David's, you were a friend for life. He always thought the best of people and never gave up on them. Bad jokes were one of his strong points. No-one could laugh louder and harder at a joke than David. He had a love for good food and fine wine, and loved entertaining family and friends. David was always up for a challenge or a new adventure. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. If he met you on the street, males would get a hearty hand shake, females one of his famous hugs. These hugs will be greatly missed by his wife, sisters and cousins and all others who enjoyed them. Surviving are his loving wife Corine (McKinnon), step son Graeme Brown (Michelle), step daughter Sabrina Brown, sisters Heather Freckelton (Carl), Dawna Strum (James), granddaughter Alyssa, nieces and nephews Peter(Marsha), Daniel, Andrew (Tamara), Brennan, Shane, Daniel, Kate, Joe, Brett, Jemma, two great nieces Alyssa, Emma. He was predeceased by aunts and uncles.

No visiting by request, a celebration of David's life will be held on Saturday December 17th 2011, 1-3pm in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St. Dartmouth. No flowers by request donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. On line condolences may be viewed or sent to : www.mattatallfuneral home.com

December 13, 2011 - Eye-catching Discoveries

HOW DO you grow eye tissue in the lab to help restore sight after damage? Can you use tricks from “bad” bugs to do good things in the body? And what do stiff arteries and wrinkles have in common?

These are some of the questions discussed in this year’s Picture of Health report from the Health Research Board, an annual snapshot that highlights some of the projects it has recently funded.

This year’s crop covers a spectrum of research approaches, from digging into the causes of disease, through bringing discoveries closer to the clinic and analysing the experience of staff and patients.


December 12, 2011 - Dennis Vandale September 30, 1943  - December 10, 2011

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dennis Vandale. Dennis became a licensed Optician in Manitoba in 1966 and a licensed Contact Lens fitter in 1984. Dennis was long-time owner/operator of Tower Optical in downtown Winnipeg, and has been missed by his loyal clients since he retired due to his health in 2009.

Dennis was an active member on council with the Opticians of Manitoba (OOM) since he became licensed in 1966, acting in the role of President, Vice President and Treasurer. Dennis was awarded a life membership with the Opticians of Manitoba in 2009. Dennis was also very involved at the national level with the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC), acting in the role of Secretary/Treasurer from 1991 – 1996, 1999 – 2000 and in the role of President from 1997-1998.

Dennis always believed in having fun, organizing fun events for members of the OOM and OAC, such as golf tournaments, glow-bowling parties and Christmas festivities.

Dennis always made time for others and will always be remembered by his ability to make us all laugh and smile with his great sense of humour.

I envision those above, laughing at one of Dennis’ jokes right now.
We will miss you Dennis.

Funeral will take place on Saturday, December 17, 2011.
Information will be posted on the OOM website at www.opticiansofmanitoba.ca 

November 18, 2011 - Better Business Bureau Doesn't 'Like'  Coastal Contacts' Facebook Campaign

VANCOUVER, British Columbia—In response to a recommendation by the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, online retailer of eyeglasses and contact lenses, Coastal Contacts Inc. (TSX: COA) (Stockholm: COA) revised a promotion that offered consumers “Free Glasses” for “liking” its Facebook page. READ THE FULL STORY

November 18, 2011 - OAA Forms 'Vision of Hope' Nonprofit Charity

LAKELAND, Tenn.—The Opticians Association of America (OAA) has formed a nonprofit charity called Vision of Hope Foundation “to promote opticianry education; develop future opticianry leaders; and perform international and community-based vision-related mission work,” according to the organization.  READ MORE

November 17, 2011 - CooperVision recalls more contact lenses

Contact lens maker CooperVision is expanding its recall of the encore 100 brand lenses.

The company announced Wednesday it is recalling certain lots of encore100 Sphere contact lenses that may have silicone oil residue.

"The presence of the residue [silicone oil] on encore100 Sphere contact lenses may cause hazy vision or discomfort, severe eye pain or eye injuries requiring medical treatment," the company said in a statement. READ MORE

November 14, 2011 - Video Games Used in New Treatment That May Fix 'Lazy Eye' in Older Children

ScienceDaily — A new study conducted in an eye clinic in India found that correction of amblyopia, also called "lazy eye," can be achieved in many older children, if they stick to a regimen that includes playing video games along with standard amblyopia treatment. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

November 14, 2011 - More Time Outdoors May Reduce Kids' Risk for Nearsightedness, Research Suggests

ScienceDaily  — A new analysis of recent eye health studies shows that more time spent outdoors is related to reduced rates of nearsightedness, also known as myopia, in children and adolescents. 

Myopia is much more common today in the United States and many other countries than it was in the 1970s. In parts of Asia, more than 80 percent of the population is nearsighted. The analysis suggests that more exposure to natural light and/or time spent looking at distant objects may be key factors. READ MORE

November 1, 2011 - Minister backs bill to regulate cosmetic contact lenses

OTTAWA — Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq is getting behind legislation to regulate cosmetic contact lenses as medical devices — almost guaranteeing the bill's passage into law.

Conservative MP Pat Davidson won the high-profile backing for her private member's bill Monday, after opposition MPs stood in the House of Commons to also voice support for amending Canada's Food and Drugs Act to treat non-correction cosmetic contact lenses just like corrective contact lenses.

Cosmetic contact lenses, also called fashion contact lenses or colour contact lenses, are unregulated in Canada. That means Twilight vampire eyes and other colour contact lens can be sold over-the-counter by street vendors, convenience stores and Halloween stores. READ MORE

October 28, 2011 - Online Orders Not Meeting Requirements of Patient's Needs or Safety

Safety and compliance of prescription spectacles ordered by the public via the Internet - This study investigated prescription spectacles ordered from online vendors and delivered directly to the public for compliance with the optical tolerance and impact resistance requirements for eyewear dispensed in the United States.


October 28, 2011 - Fast high precision eye-surgery robot helps ophthalmologists

Researcher Thijs Meenink at TU/e has developed a smart eye-surgery robot that allows eye surgeons to operate with increased ease and greater precision on the retina and the vitreous humor of the eye. The system also extends the effective period during which ophthalmologists can carry out these intricate procedures. Meenink will defend his PhD thesis on Monday 31 October for his work on the robot, and intends later to commercialize his system. READ MORE


Winnipeg, MB - The Opticians Council of Canada (OCC) urges consumers to heed their warnings when considering cosmetic contact lenses (non-corrective coloured lenses) for their Halloween costumes. Cosmetic lenses, sold over-the-counter as costume accessories at some retail outlets and online, are used to change the colour and/or appearance of eyes. While cosmetic lenses are readily available, consumers need to make the right educated choices.   READ MORE...

October 12, 2011 - PRESS RELEASE, For Immediate Release

Cosmetic contact lens legislation sees the light of day!
Cosmetic contact lenses have a risk of harm and should be classified the same as corrective contacts.

Ottawa, October 5, 2011 –  It is appropriate as we approach Halloween, that legislation (Bill C-313) has been introduced in the House of Commons by MP Pat Davidson (Sarnia-Lambton) to amend the Food and Drug Act to classify cosmetic contact lenses as class II medical devices, the same as corrective lenses are now classified. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

September 19, 2011 - Free Government Workshops
Government Services for Small Business Information Fair and Workshops
Date of workshop: September 22, 2011
For further information, click here.

August 9, 2011 - Application Deadline Extension for NAIT/OAC Optical Science Programs
The application deadline for the NAIT/OAC Optical Sciences Programs has been extended to September 1st. Contact the OAC for an information package.

August 3, 2011 - Congratulations to Caroline MacIsaac, former Registrar and CEO of the College of Opticians of Ontario, for being named to Vision Monday 2011 Most Influential Women In Optical

July 27, 2011 - July-August editions of Vision Magazine and LaRevue Magazine have gone out in the mail. View them online by clicking on the links below:

Vision Magazine July-August 2011

LaRevue Magazine July-August 2011

July 5, 2011 - The Optical Group is the preferred buying group of the OAC
The OAC is pleased to announce that we have partnered with The Optical Group to provide our members with competitive discounts on frames, lenses and other products used every day in dispensaries’ across Canada... READ MORE (Français

July 5, 2011 - Automated Refraction One Year Anniversary
May 1, 2011 marked the one year anniversary of the new Opticians Regulation in B.C. allowing independent automated refraction ("refraction") by opticians.

June 24, 2011 - Textbooks for Sale by the OAC Education Department - current & older editions, never used. Visit the Buy & Sell link under Classifieds on the link bar above.

June 21, 2011 - A Healing Art - What could be good about losing an eye? Nothing can make up for this tragic loss, but artificial eye makers Christy Erickson and Todd Cranmore combine artistry, skill and compassion to rekindle hope for their patients and families. Watch the documentary...

June 21, 2011 - JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Last week, Vistakon, the contact lens division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (NYSE: JNJ), kicked off a new consumer-oriented radio program "devoted to educating and improving the eye health of Americans," according to the company. Read more...

June 8, 2011 - As promised here are Vision Magazine and LaRevue Magazine in digital format with paper copies to follow.  Click on the links below to view them electronically:

Vision Magazine May-June 2011
La Revue Magazine May-June 2011

June 8, 2011 - PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Optometry and opticianry students from across North America submitted projects for the 2011 Students of Vision Scholarship from Transitions Optical, Inc. View article...

June 8, 2011 - NEW YORK—The outlook of independent ECPs’ toward business decreased slightly for April 2011 when compared to March’s record high outlook, according to the latest edition of Jobson Optical Research’s Optical Business Barometer (OBB). View article...

June 7, 2011 - Reserved Spots for OAC Members for Needs-Based Solution Selling Program by Essilor

The Opticians Association of Canada is happy to propose to you a new, exciting, result-driven program, guaranteed to help your office become more successful, and delivered via dedicated Essilor Need Based Solution Consultants... READ MORE.

June 7, 2011 - The OAC is bringing its members significant savings on Visa/MasterCard processing fees with Pivotal Payments. Learn More

June 3, 2011 - OAC AGM Call To Meeting
October 15, 2011 4:50 PM, Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel,
Vancouver, British Columbia

April 19, 2011 - Vision Magazine and La Revue Magazine are about to GROW and Your Opinion Counts

Membership of the OAC,
We value your opinion. In a world full of change, remaining the same is not an option. We are always taking opportunities to make our services more relevant and reflective of the needs of our members. Towards this goal, the Association requires feedback on our official publications, *Vision Magazine and LaRevue Magazine.

CLICK HERE to read more

March 25, 2011 - Congratulations to the College of Opticians of Alberta!

On Wednesday evening March 23,2011 the Alberta Legislature passed the Optician Act under the Health Professions Act. The Alberta Opticians Association is now the College of Opticians of Alberta the COA.

December 23, 2010 - We wish to advise that access to the national Competency Gap Analysis program (“CGA”) has been temporarily suspended to enable revisions to be implemented.  The CGA, jointly developed and maintained by the College of Opticians of British Columbia and the Alberta Opticians Association, is incorporated as part of the prior learning assessment and recognition process (“PLAR”) of many provincial regulators.  Candidates applying for registration with their provincial optician regulator through PLAR should be aware that, if the CGA is required as part of the registration process, the processing of their applications may be delayed. 
It is anticipated that access to the CGA will be restored by January 31, 2011.  Candidates who have questions regarding the impact of this temporary suspension should contact their provincial optician regulator.

November 30, 2010 - Unlicensed optician jailed for flouting court orders
An unlicensed optician who undercut the competition and illegally prescribed eyeglasses to unsuspecting people has been sentenced to jail for civil contempt...

November 24, 2010 - Medavie Blue Cross is pleased to advise that effective January 17, 2011 we will be administering the IFHP across Canada... READ MORE (En Français)

November 24, 2010 - There on Your Face or in the Case - poem by Susan Ljebman-Engels, Dispensing Optician

October 22, 2010 - CONSUMER WARNING: Halloween Contact Lenses Can Seriously Damage Your Eyes... READ MORE

August 26, 2010 - Canadian scientists envision synthetic corneas
Canadian researchers may have made a breakthrough in the treatment of blindness caused by damaged corneas.  They've developed a biosynthetic cornea that can actually help the eye repair its own damaged eye tissue and restore vision....


August 6, 2010 - Vision Canada Optical Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Sherrill Nettleton to Vice-President, Business Development... READ MORE

May 3, 2010 - Pacific Blue Cross will accept prescriptions written by Opticians... READ MORE 

May 1, 2010 - New BC Opticians Regulations came into force on May 1, 2010. CLICK HERE to view the new Regulations


FAQs : Click on FAQs for answers to the questions we receive on the new Opticians Regulation.

April 12, 2010 - College of Opticians of Ontario (COO) deems NAIT/OAC Optical Sciences programs equivalent.  Ontarians may now take online course and register as students with COO.
CLICK HERE for details.


April 22, 2010 - Update on OAC/OBC activity re: B.C. Opticians Regulation. Since the announcement by the B.C. Minister of Health about the opticians' regulation that is poised to be implemented on May 1st, the OAC and the OBC have spent considerable time listening to the concerns of our members. READ MORE

May 6, 2010 - Incident Report - The OAC’s Internet Committee is gathering statistics on consumer problems evolving from the purchase of eyeglasses and contact lenses via the Internet.  Download this form to report problems you have resolved.  Photocopy the form for multiple reports.

May 1, 2010 - New BC Opticians Regulations came into force on May 1, 2010. CLICK HERE to view the new Regulations.

March 31, 2010 - Hear B.C. Minister Kevin Falcon’s Radio Interview on the New B.C. Opticians’ Regulation. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

March 25, 2010 - This past week British Columbia health Minister Kevin Falcon announced new regulations that increase the scope of practice of licensed opticians and at the same time broaden the choice available to consumers wishing to buy eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Opticians continue to be regulated under the reserved titles of “optician”, “dispensing optician”, and “contact lens fitter”.  Others cannot use these designations. These titles assure the public that licensed opticians as regulated vision care professionals, work to exact standards and precision, and are trained in the latest technologies.  Licensed opticians provide the highest standard of care and most importantly accountability.


April 22, 2010 - Update on OAC/OBC activity re: B.C. Opticians Regulation. Since the announcement by the B.C. Minister of Health about the opticians' regulation that is poised to be implemented on May 1st, the OAC and the OBC have spent considerable time listening to the concerns of our members.


March 19, 2010 - B.C. Modernizes Regulations For Sale of Eyewear   VICTORIA - The Province introduced a series of changes today that will modernize the way in which British Columbians get their glasses and contact lenses.... READ MORE.

March 1, 2010 - Opticians Council of Canada looking for volunteer writers to assist with the Communications Committee project - CLICK HERE for details.

February 24, 2010 - HELP HAITI SEE
Laurier Optical is asking all communities to become involved in the Haiti relief effort by donating old eyeglasses. 
CLICK here for details

February 2, 2010 - Volunteers Needed to Help the Victims of Haiti
Laurier Optical will be sending a team of eye care professionals to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake.  Laurier Optical has committed one million dollars in eye care and eyewear for this project.  
Laurier Optical is looking for volunteers to be part of this endeavour and would like to know if any of our members would like to join?
Laurier Optical will be paying for all expenses incurred and making the travel arrangements etc.   The commitment from our members would be their time and hard work once the group arrives in Haiti.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please email

January 26, 2010 - Congratulations to Manitoba Optician, Jeff Kerr, who was awarded the opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch as it was carried through Winnipeg. CLICK HERE to view a picture.

January 10, 2010 - It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Malcolm Lategan - Master Optician and Optical educator - passed away Monday, January 4, 2010.

October 23, 2009 - Press Release - Opticians Council of Canada Warns Against Purchasing Cosmetic Contact Lenses From A Non-Regulated Provider - When it comes to Halloween safety, parents may consider their kids' costumes and whether to attach reflectors, checking candy is appropriately wrapped and safe to eat, but what about their eyes?

October 23, 2009 - Reasons Why Only Regulated Professionals Should Provide Cosmetic Contact Lenses - Opticians should refer to a contact lens registrant for evaluation, remediation or referral, persons in difficulty with any contact lens not provided by a regulated professional.

October 23, 2009 - October Is Eye Health Month - Did you know that 1 in 6 children have a vision problem that could lead to learning disabilities?

October 23, 2009 - Opticians Council of Canada Warns Against Purchasing Cosmetic Contact Lenses From A Non-Licensed Professional - When it comes to Halloween safety, parents may consider their kids' costumes and whether to attach reflectors, checking candy is appropriately wrapped and safe to eat, but what about their eyes?

 October 13, 2009

 Canadian takes over Presidency of International Council of Regulators
Canada NewsWire (press release) - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Caroline MacIsaac-Power, the Registrar of the College of Opticians of Ontario, was inaugurated as CLEAR's President at the end of its annual convention in ...

June 12, 2009

Supreme Court Denies Bergez Leave to Appeal

April 30, 2009

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - Swine Influenza Reports

April 29, 2009 - Important Health Notice
April 30, 2009 - Important Health Notice

February 6, 2009

We are looking for Opticians who are interested in participating in a Study Group on the issue of Internet Sale of Contact Lenses & Glasses.  This is an opportunity to connect with Opticians in different parts of the country to develop information and tools that may be used to meet this growing phenomenon head on.  If you're interested in this project contact mfield@opticians.ca

.  Deadline for registration is March 15, 2009. 

January 5, 2009 - The College of Opticians of British Columbia (COBC) announces that Raheem Savja and Dieter Saxer have been elected to the COBC Board both representing District 1.  Both Raheem Savja and Dieter Saxer's terms of office are January 5, 2009 to December 31, 2011.  The OAC congratulates both new Board members.

November 13, 2008 - The Opticians Association of Canada is proud to announce the election of it's new President and Vice President. CLICK HERE to view the Press Release.

January 2008 - Opticians Survey - CLICK HERE to view the results of our online survey

November 2007 - To view recent statistics on frequency of visits to an eye specialist by Canadians and the number whose eyeglass and contact lens purchases are covered by vision care insurance,


September 2007 - An unofficial survey of Opticians revealed the following regarding salaries based on years of service:

The following are the results of our Poll regarding Opticians' salaries to date. Notice that the majority of votes cast indicated they earned a salary greater than $60,000 per annum. The dividing line seems to be $40,000 per annum. Close to 50% of Opticians earn less than that while the same number earn over $40,000.

Total 515 votes cast.


1. more


2. $26,000 - $30,000


3. $20,000 - $25,000


4. $31,000 - $35,000


5. $36,000 - $40,000


6. $56,000 - $60,000


7. $41,000 - $45,000


8. $51,000 - $55,000


9. $46,000 - $50,000



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