Opticians are highly skilled eye care professionals who undergo rigorous and extensive training to fulfill education and practice competencies in Opticianry. They design and dispense eyeglasses, contact lenses, low vision aids and prosthetic ocular devices for customers.
As with other health professions, candidates in Opticianry must pass specific certification and educational criteria to demonstrate that they are qualified for the profession and are not a risk to the public. The education requirements for Opticianry are based on determined learning outcomes as established by the College of Opticians in each individual province. The education and training for opticians is more in-depth and extensive than optometrists in areas where the two professions provide the same services to the public.
You can expect your Optician to follow the Code of Ethics as outlined by the College of Opticians in your province. Specifically this relates to you in the following ways:
What to expect when you are in an Optician's dispensary
While the style of the eyeglass frames is very important to you, the Optician's recommendation on the type of lenses is what will determine your satisfaction with your eyewear.
To make sure you see well and easily, all ophthalmic lenses require precise measurements to be taken from your face and eyes, and the results must be accurately transferred to the eyewear. This is not a simple task; should your Registered Optician make a mistake as little as 1 millimetre you may not be able to use your new eyewear.
Make sure that you ask about lens types; there are hundreds of modern lenses types for different visual needs. There are also many lens coatings that will enhance your vision.
Some lenses are specifically made for people of different ages, and even some that are made to allow for a person's posture and even eye and head movement.
If you have a complaint about an experience or service from an optician, you can notify the College of Opticians in that province, who will investigate the situation on your behalf, under certain criteria.