Thank you OAC partners
ESSILOR CANADA - The OAC is delighted to announce Essilor Canada as a 2019 Visionary Partner of the OAC. Essilor's dedication to its core values demonstrates its relevance to Opticianry.
Essilor values.... Working together increases the company’s performance and enables to maintain a dynamic of permanent evolution; Innovation concerns all aspects of the company: technology, manufacturing, sales and service. Innovation to promote access to visual health for a maximum number of people is what drives the Group's development; Respect and trust are at the heart of the human relationships and foster commitment; The entrepreneurial spirit which is reflected in the encouragement of initiative and empowerment, is one of Essilor’s founding characteristics; The diversity and the value the Group places on differences are strengths which enrich the human experience. They accompany the geographic expansion and the adaptation to local cultures.
NATIONAL BANK - Through its actions, National Bank demonstrates its firm commitment to supporting entrepreneurial spirit and furthering knowledge in the world of business, two factors that are essential to social and economic development.
The OAC is pleased to announce the National Bank of Canada as our first financial services partner in our history. The National Bank has specific services for our Optician Entrepreneurs and all OAC members will enjoy customized banking options to suit their everyday needs. We look forward to touring the country with the National Bank and bringing financial planning education to all our members. The National Bank’s corporate social responsibility approach rests on six pillars: clients, employees, the community, the environment, governance and their contribution to the economy. The recognition of this responsibility makes the National Bank a great choice for partnership with the OAC.
THE OPTICAL GROUP - The Optical Group has been promoting and supporting entrepreneurs since its inception. The OAC is proud to have TOG as a Visionary Partner.
The Optical Group began providing buying group benefits to the independent Canadian eye care professional in 1988 and we believe thirty years of excelling in customer service and support have played a pivotal role for our members by providing time saving solutions.
Consolidated monthly billing, exclusive promotions, online education, accredited seminars, links to education and offering premium quality exclusive private labels provide our membership with valuable advantages. Discounts on frames, lenses, contact lenses, accessories, labs, office supply products and much more clearly make The Optical Group the Canadian independent eye care professionals buying group of choice. Looking out for you since 1988.
PPG - Where would the OAC and Opticians be without the innovation of PPG? Their overriding philosophy is a worldwide focus on total quality combined with technological leadership.
PPG Industries is a leading producer of optical grade monomers used in the manufacture of ophthalmic lenses. With more than 70 years of experience engineering and producing optical monomers and coatings, PPG is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the ophthalmic lens industry.
Their extensive line of optical monomers and coatings products includes CR-39® monomer and Trivex® lens material. Developed by PPG in 1945, CR-39 monomer was the first plastic resin to be used in the manufacture of ophthalmic lenses and continues to be the leading lens substrate in the world. Trivex® lens material provides the unique combination of optical quality, lightweight comfort, strength and protection.
The OAC is proud to be partnered with such a respected and historic company as PPG.
TRANSITIONS - Transitions Optical is the leading provider of photochromic (smart adaptive) lenses worldwide, having been the first to successfully manufacture and commercialize plastic adaptive lenses in 1990. As a result of its relentless investment in research, development and technology, Transitions Optical offers a wide variety of eyeglass lens and shield products, setting new standards of advanced performance to provide ever increasing visual comfort and optimum harmful blue light protection, and always blocking 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Superior product performance is why Transitions ® Light Intelligent Lenses™ are the most recommended, purchased, and worn adaptive lenses.
Product leadership, consumer focus, and operational excellence have made the Transitions ® brand one of the most recognized consumer brands in optics. For more information about the company and Transitions ® Light Intelligent Lenses™, visit Transitions.com.
MARCOLIN - We are delighted Marcolin eyewear has joined the OAC as a friend and supporter to Opticians in Canada. Their dedication to education and promotion of Opticians aligns their strategy with that of the OAC.
Marcolin, among the worldwide leading companies in the eyewear industry, stands out for the pursuit of excellence, the continuous innovation and the unique ability to faithfully combine design and Italian craftsmanship with the core values of each brand. The brand portfolio includes: Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Moncler, Ermenegildo Zegna, Montblanc, Roberto Cavalli, Tod's, Emilio Pucci, Swarovski, Dsquared2, Diesel, Just Cavalli, Covergirl, Kenneth Cole, Timberland, Guess, Gant, Harley-Davidson, Marciano, Catherine Deneuve, Skechers, Bongo, Candie’s, Rampage, Viva, Marcolin and Web. In 2016, the company sold about 14 million eyeglasses.
HOYA - Coming soon...
BonLook - Coming soon...
ALCON - Alcon helps people see brilliantly. As the global leader in eye care with a heritage spanning more than seven decades, we offer the broadest portfolio of products to enhance sight and improve people’s lives. Our Surgical and Vision Care products touch the lives of more than 260 million people in over 140 countries each year living with conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases and refractive errors. Our more than 20,000 associates are enhancing the quality of life through innovative products, partnerships with eye care professionals and programs that advance access to quality eye care. Learn more at www.myalcon.com/ca.
BAUSCH & LOMB - Coming soon...
JOHNSON & JOHNSON - The Opticians Association of Canada is pleased to include Johnson & Johnson in our Communication Partnership category. The OAC and J&J have a shared commitment to grow the eye care profession and the eye care industry as a whole. The fitting of contact lenses is an art. Opticians have a specially trained skill set to facilitate and ensure maximum comfort, vision and health while wearing contacts lenses. It is by way of education, support and superior products that J&J has earned its status as an industry leader in innovation of contact lenses and reinforced its commitment to Opticians by supporting the OAC as the national professional association for Opticians.
For over twenty years, ACUVUE ® Brand has been dedicated to bringing the benefits of vision care to people around the globe. Ever since ACUVUE ® Brand transformed vision correction in 1988 with the world’s first soft disposable contact lenses, we’ve passionately pursued new technologies and the highest quality standards.
As part of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., it’s our responsibility to live up to the principles that guide us, as expressed by Our Credo. It’s why we’re committed to making the best vision care affordable and why we never rest in finding innovative new ways to help people around the world see better.
ORCA LENS LAB - Established in 2018, Orca Lens Lab has quietly become a leading independent wholesale optical lab in Canada. We offer unsurpassed premium lenses, anti-reflective coatings and treatment technologies to independent Eye Care Professionals across Canada.
Orca Lens Lab is proud to be truly independent. That means we are accountable to you, our independent Eye Care Professionals (and not big box optical giants). Our independent lens portfolio is your edge to select truly unique lens products to set yourself apart while meeting all your customers’ needs and lifestyle. Being truly independent also means that personal support and advice from our expert technicians are genuinely unbiased.
Orca Lens Lab offers premium global independent lens designs and materials. From our value-priced products to premium individualized lifestyle lenses, all progressive lenses are competitively priced and are surfaced with state-of-the-art Digital Atoric Optimized Back Surface Freeform and technologies. We believe that optical precision and lens esthetics go together and offer only the lenses that exhibit these qualities.
Orca Lens has State-of-the Art Services. To complement today’s improving lens designs and materials, we work with only the newest optical lab equipment, such as the MEI 4Racer TBA, designed for rigorous testing and resulting in unsurpassed quality control.
VISION RX LAB - Introducing Vision Rx Lab, one of the largest ophthalmic Rx lens manufacturers in the world.
From humble beginnings starting 59 years ago, the global expansion for Vision Rx Lab began in 2006, and most recently celebrated the opening of the expanded lab in 2019. Today, with a state-of-the-art facility spread over 120,000 square feet, Vision Rx Lab supplies ophthalmic lenses international to 53 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and now in Canada with a local lab in Mississauga.
Vision Rx Lab offers a wide range of premium lenses under its international brand NOVA. All designed with digital technology, NOVA lenses cater to the growing demand for lightweight lenses that offer both superior vision and greater visual appeal. Try a pair of NOVA lenses for yourself! If you’re interested in trying our NOVA lenses, feel free to contact our office ( www.visionrxlab.ca). We would be pleased to answer your questions and introduce you to our exciting portfolio of NOVA lenses from Vision Rx Lab.
WEAVE - Coming soon...
DYNAMIC LABS - Coming soon...
HILCO VISION - Coming soon...
LUXOTTICA - Coming soon...
MARKETING 4ECPS - Coming soon...
OPTIK K&R - Coming soon...
PLASTIC PLUS - Entrepreneurialism is one of the pillars that support the OAC. Plastic Plus is a great example of determination, drive and a successful winning spirit.
Optical industry leader Plastic Plus, was founded in 1974 as a small family run business. More than 40 years later, it remains at the forefront of lens manufacturing and is Canada’s largest independent optical lab. With one of the most highly advanced labs in the industry and the most state-of-the-art technology, Plastic Plus continues to offer unmatched lens quality.
In 2017, Plastic Plus won the prestigious OLP (Optical Lab Products) Innovator of the year award. This is the first time a Canadian lens manufacturer has received this honour. Optical Lab Products is a companion publication to Vision Care Product News, serving the optical laboratory community with articles focusing on new technologies, lab products, lab procedures and operations. The OAC has partnered with Plastic Plus to offer Opticians more choices and options for products and services.
VUE POINT - Coming soon...
The Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) has an extensive online continuing education library available to its members for use towards their professional learning requirements. The online library consists of electronic module articles as well as video modules. New content is consistently being added to the online library for the benefit of our members.
OAC members receive unlimited online modules per year as a benefit of membership.