Welcome to the
Ontario Opticians Association

The Ontario Opticians Association (OOA) has been the official voice of Ontario Opticians for over sixty years.
The  Association's mandate is to enhance, promote and protect the profession of opticianry.
Fall 2012
Contact Lens Symposium 2011
Inside Optics 2012

Robert Dalton,RO, Executive Director, Opticians Association of Canada(OAC), Dalie Schellen,RO, President OAC, Janice Schmidt,RO, Vice-President Ontario Opticians Association(OOA) & OAC Advisor, Lorne Kashin,RO, Vice President OAC & OOA Executive Director, in Ottawa.

 The Voice Of Opticians Heard On The Hill

A collaboration of the "Three O's" has reached another step closer towards reclassifying cosmetic contact lenses as Class Two medical devices. On Thursday May 31, 2012 Bill 313 passed third reading in the House of Commons and will now move on to the Senate. Bill 313 was introduced by MP Patricia Davidson and will be promoted through the Senate by MP Mike Duffy. With the reclassification of cosmetic contact lenses as Class Two medical devices these lenses will be required to meet a standard applied to prescription contact lenses.It will then be up to the provincial health ministries to regulate the dispensing of these lenses. The collaboration of the Opticians Association of Canada, The Canadian Association of Optometrists, and the Canadian Opthalmological Society on Bill 313  shows what can be achieved when all three O's work together.

NAIT/OAC Opticians Program
Now Available in Ontario

Students in Ontario interested in obtaining a license in Opticianry can now do so by completing the NAIT/OAC Optical Sciences Eyeglass and Contact Lens Programs.These programs are offered in an  online, distance delivery format so you can fit your studies into your busy schedule. Graduate with credentials that prepare you for licensing in Ontario and the rest of Canada. Enrol now.

OOA Elects Executive Committee

The Board of Directors of the OOA are pleased to announce the election of our new Executive Committee. Martin Lebeau was elected to the position of President with Janice Schmidt as Vice-President and Rachel Campbell-Hill as Secretary-Treasurer. We wish our new Executive all the best in continuing the great work of the Ontario Opticians Association as the official voice of Ontario Opticians.


On Saturday June 23, 2012, Dorina Reiz, RO, OOA director, and Colin Lafferty, RO, OOA member, participated in the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) annual Cycle for Sight. Cycle for Sight is an athletic one day fundraising cycling event that takes the cycling enthusiast or leisure rider on a journey from Toronto to Collingwood. Since 2009, Cycle for Sight has raised over $600,000 for the FFB and vision research. As licensed opticians and OOA members they were both happy and proud to take part in such an event designed to empower the visually impaired and support a great cause. Congratulations to you both for crossing the finish line!

Love Your Eyes
 A Hit at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Mark Your Calendars
Inside Optics 2013
Sunday April 21

OOA Members Cycle For Sight

On Sunday September 23 about 150 Opticians and optical industry colleagues gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ottawa for a day of professional learning and networking.
The day started with Tim Schmidt,RO showing attendees the latest technology in Transitions photochromic lenses which become polarized lenses as the lens darkens. Moving right along attendees saw the latest presentation from Coopervision presented by Janice Schmidt, RO. Dennis O’Hagan, RO followed with two presentations on fitting RGP multifocal, Toric, and Multi-Focal lenses for keratoconus. During the lunch hour Johnson & Johnson’s Doug Donaldson talked about daily disposables and raffled off twelve amazing eye models which could be used by Opticians to show patients what some eye conditions look like. Michelle Rivais,RO of Essilor explained the value of UV protection incorporated into an anti-reflection coating in order to absorb UV which may reflect off the back surface of a lens. Michelle’s presentation also explained how Crizal UV coatings provided this protection. Grant Larsen gave attendees insight into client behavior and how we can polish our communication skills in order to educate our clients and guide them to make the best decisions when looking for eye care. Grant’s presentation is just one of a series of presentations on practice management and communication that the OOA will be including in our professional learning series for 2013. The day was well rounded out with a low vision presentation by Ingrid Koenig,RO. Ingrid’s first presentation demonstrated low vision aids and the second portion was a movie titled Going Blind. This movie was amazing as it took the viewer on a journey with a man who is losing his vision to glaucoma. He meets up with people who have impaired or no vision and also learns about the many people and institutions that are available to help the blind to function and lead happy, safe, and productive lives. This movie is a must see.
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Saturday Nov 17 & Sunday Nov 18
Delta Meadowvale

Time to Renew Your Membership & Insurance! Your coverage expires December 31, 2012

You will receive your membership renewal in late October.
• By e-mail (If we have your e-mail address)
• By Canada Post
• Renew online
• Download it from the OOA website

Our new free $1,000,000 professional liability insurance is now a membership benefit. And NO we aren’t raising the price of membership.

Mail or fax both your membership renewal and insurance renewal forms with payment to the OOA office.

You will receive 4 con-ed on-line Credits/Tokens FREE with you membership or renewal

Renew Early So Applications Can be Processed Before the Deadline!

Loblaws Opticians please call the OOA for membership and renewels

Focus Newsletter

Telus Goes On-Line For Vision Claims

Keith Harrison, RO
It is with great sorrow that we inform you that Keith Harrison passed away Tuesday August 21,2012 losing his battle with cancer. Keith was an icon in Canadian and American Opticianry and as a mentor and educator has helped elevate our profession to the level it is today. Keith’s skills and professionalism while practicing Opticianry will always be a high bar that we strive to reach.

HPRAC Seeks Input On Treatment of Spouses of Healthcare Professionals

OOA Vision Ottawa

Essential Fitting Tips to Successfully Fit Multifocal Contact Lenses 
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