Inside Optics 2017 Raises The Bar


 “A day of fun, information and learning at Inside Optics”


Inside Optics 2017 will go down as the largest gathering of Canadian opticians to date. On Sunday April 30, 850 opticians gathered at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites for a day of professional learning, and to attend the biggest Inside Optics trade show ever. Over 50 optical industry suppliers and related agencies displayed their products and services to the enthusiastic crowd while being serenaded by members of the Lenny Graff Band.

“Thanks for: knowledgeable engaging speakers, comfortable seating and tables, lots of great food, using water coolers not bottled water, providing quiet and prayer spaces, friendly efficient registration, prizes and fun.”


Dr Monea

The day’s line-up of accredited presentations started with Professor Ed August and his high energy, and sometimes controversial, presentation style. Professor August was followed by Alberta optometrist Diana Monea with an update on the perils of Blue Light and the products available to opticians to provide their patients the comfort and protection when exposed to Blue Light. Attendees were then introduced to Tony Caporali of Xcel Lens Specialty Contact Lenses. Tony spoke on the benefits and techniques of including specialty contact lenses in our practices. Jonathan Moe was up next from Lasik MD. Jonathan explained the process of Corneal Collagen Crosslinking for those affected by keratoconus. The afternoon’s lineup of professional learning resumed after the trade show with Professor August enlightening attendees with a refresher on Astigmatism And The Rx. Following Professor August was Dr. Nav Nijhawan with his presentation on Cataract Surgery And The Intraocular Lens. Dr. Nav updated attendees on the latest procedures and lenses available, and the role opticians play in a patient’s journey through the process.

Dr. Navdeep Nijahawan

Inside Optics 2017 marked the beginning of the OOA’s paperless accreditation process. Attendees’ badges were scanned and they will receive their attendance certificates via email. This year we are happy to report that the majority of registrations were received through the online registration portal. We thank attendees as this saves paper and makes the registration process much more efficient. Thank you!



I gained valuable information from Dr. Nav Nijhawan about Cataract surgery. Great info I can apply on a regular day to day basis in our practice. Thank you.

 Inside Optics 2017 continued the tradition of informative speakers, lots of prizes, including a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Vision Canada 2018, great trade show and enthusiastic attendees. The buzz of the crowd could be heard and felt all day as the 850    attendees caught up with old friends and made new ones.

OOA directors, volunteers, staff & guests

The day was capped off with the 71st OOA Annual General Meeting. A record number of members attended this year’s meeting where they approved amendments to the OOA bylaws and received reports on the financial status and actions of their board of directors. Elections were held and we welcomed back Sophia Ladak, Tim Schmidt and Bill Snelgrove to the OOA board of directors. Rachel Hill announced that she would be stepping down from the board    after many years of service to Ontario opticians. Rachel assures us that she will continue to be involved with the OOA. Thank you Rachel, for all your time and effort you put into promoting Ontario Opticianry.


“My compliments to Lorne KashinMartin Lebeau, and all of the staff and volunteers of the Ontario Opticians Association for another excellent weekend of seminars, speakers , topics and location venue. Great job and all should be commended for their hard work and dedication.”


 With Inside Optics 2017 now in our rear-view mirror we move on to the OOA fall events. Don’t miss the OOA Specialty Symposium on October 15th at the Parkway Sheraton Toronto North Hotel & Suites. Our lineup will once again include Dr. Nav Nijhawan and we will be welcoming back Randy Kojima, world renowned contact lens aficionado, for a live specialty contact lens workshop and keynote address. Your fellow opticians, Amber Fournier and Zully Kasmani, will be sharing their knowledge and experience of working with low vision devices in their morning workshop. All this and other accredited learning hours, and of course a trade show. Ottawa and area opticians have a great opportunity for accredited
professional learning this fall with the OOA Professional Learning Conference on Sunday September 24th.  Randy Kojima will be presenting on the role opticians can play in the myopia epidemic. For more details about our future events visit the OOA Events Page.

A big thank you to all of our volunteers, exhibitors, the Sheraton, and mostly to you, Ontario opticians, for supporting your association.




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