Protecting the Public
Make an informed choice
- Don’t trust your eyes to just anyone
- See a Licensed Optician
- Put your safety first
The College of Opticians of Ontario regulates the practice of Opticianry to protect and serve the public interest. It’s our mandate.
Opticians play a vital role in delivering vision care in Ontario. To ensure optimal results, Opticians work with patients to identify the most appropriate type of eyewear based on a patient’s prescription, individual circumstances, occupation and daily activities.There are approximately 2,400 Licensed Opticians in Ontario.
The College offers these tips to help you be an informed vision care patient:
- Look for the College of Opticians of
Ontario Logo on the Registration
badge worn by Licensed Opticians in
Ontario – the badge is issued by the
College and includes the Optician’s full
name and Certificate of Registration
Number. Ask to see it.
- Practicing members must prominently display a current Certificate of Registration (License) in their principal place of practice. Look for the certificate displayed in Optical Dispensaries.
- Only Opticians, Optometrists and
Ophthalmologists are legally
authorized to dispense prescription
eyeglasses and contact lenses in
Ontario. Don’t trust your eyes to
- Only members registered with the
College can use the title “Optician”,
“Registered Optician” or “Licensed
Optician”. Ask to see a Licensed Optician.
- Search the Public Register of
Members on our website to confirm
that you are dealing with a Licensed
Optician who is Registered with the
- Make sure you have a prescription from an authorized prescriber: a physician (such as an Ophthalmologist) or an Optometrist.
To provide public protection for you and your family, the College:
- Develops and enforces
comprehensive Standards of
Practice that all Opticians must
- Sets rigorous educational
requirements for Opticians and
works with teaching colleges to
ensure education programs teach
the core competencies required for
continued public safeguarding.
- Responds to written complaints from
the public about Opticians.
- Regularly investigates and
prosecutes unlicensed people who
- Requires Opticians to upgrade their
knowledge and skills on a regular
basis through continuing education.
- Requires Opticians to carry
- Constantly monitors national and international standards for the practice of Opticianry to ensure that Opticians in Ontario offer the best care to their patients.
Protect yourself and your family.
Choose only a qualified
The College of Opticians of Ontario supports the
National Public Awareness Initiative by the Opticians
Council of Canada. Learn more about Licensed
Opticians & your vision.