Become An Optician

NAIT/OAC On-line Program

Students in Ontario interested in obtaining a license in Opticianry can now do so by enrolling in the NAIT/OAC Optical Sciences Eyeglass Contact Lens program. These programs are offered in an on-line distance delivery format so that you can fit your studies into your busy schedule. You will graduate with credentials to write the National Exams for licensing in Ontario and the rest of Canada. This program incorporates an  on-line program with students working in the field under the supervision of a licensed optician supervisor.

 Information about the NAIT/OAC Opticianry Program

Seneca College offers both a 2 year full time Opticianry program and also a 4 year part time program. For information click the following link.

Information about the Seneca Opticianry Programs






Georgian College offers a 2 year full time Opticianry program. For information click the following link.

Information about the Georgian College Opticianry Programs






NAIT/OAC Refraction Course >is available to all licensed Opticians. Take your education and skills to a new level by expanding your scope of knowledge to include refraction. Opticians work with refraction everyday whether you are a Registered Refracting Optician, a contact lens fitter, or while performing an over-refraction on a pair of eye glasses. It's the most logical next step on your journey as an Optician.

Information about the NAIT/OAC Refracting Course.

Refraction Course

Continuing Education

#3434   Generations  1 EG
#3424   High Technology Lens Strategy  1 EG
#3423   Good to Great Dispensing  1 EG
#3425   Keep Calm and Prescribe Oxygen  1 CL
#3429   Accommodation Relief Lenses  1 EG
#3436   Dailies Total 1 Water Gradient Contact Lenses  1 CL
#3369 “Power to the Wearer! The practical science behind wearer power” 1 EG
#3359 “Dry Eyes, Computers, Eye Strain and You” 1 EG/CL/RF
#3357 “Dress for Digital Success (Understanding the levels of digital processing for Rx Progressive  Lenses” 1 EG
#3344  “Take a Closer Look at Air Optix Multifocal”   1 CL
#3356  “The Science Behind Fitting Computer Lenses”   1 EG
#3350  “ACUVUE 1-Day Define”  1 CL
#3408 “Changing visual needs, implications and solutions – 10 years go by so fast!” 1 EG
#3385 “Sunwear Technology” 1 EG
#3371 “Why, When, And How to Fit Scleral Lenses” 1 CL
#3384 “Redefining Quality Lenses” 1 EG
#3407  “Myth Busting Low Vision Care in Ontario” 1 EG
#3389  “Contact Lenses – The Evolution Continues: A New Family of Silicone Hydrogel 1 Day Lenses” 1 CL
#3410 “All Eyes on Specialty RGPs” 2 CL & 1 EG/CL/RF
#3409 "Vaulting for Success with large diameter GP Lenses" 3 CL
#3408 “Changing visual needs, implications and solutions – 10 years go by so fast!” 1 EG
#3374 “From Conception to Birth; How Frames are Made” 1 EG
#3387 “Blue Light: What you should know” 1 EG
#3371  “Why, When, And How to Fit Scleral Lenses”  1 CL
#3389  “Contact Lenses – The Evolution Continues: A New Family of Silicone Hydrogel 1 Day  Lenses”     1 CL

Trial set with fluor.Public discourse about the importance of professionalism continues to be a focus of attention.  We need to increase our level of knowledge to keep pace with other eye care professionals who are moving ahead with increases in scope of practice as well as with innovative models of providing service. The research links on this page will give you a chance to expand on what you learned at the symposium.  Even if you didn’t attend it’s worth browsing through the references to find a theme and make it your own special study area.


Fitting Scleral Contact Lenses

WP_20130108_002 copyOpticians are always looking for a competitive edge in the marketplace, trying to find some product or service that takes the special knowledge and attention of a trained professional.  Fitting Rigid Gas Permeable lenses can give you a specialty that presents a new challenge and a gratifying professional and financial reward.  In particular sclera lenses have been found to offer a wide variety of patients optimum visual acuity and comfort.

Scleral Lens diagramA Guide to Scleral Contact Lens Fitting by Eef van der Worp is an often referenced and scholarly review of this subject.  Below you will find a link to the van der Worp monograph along with several other interesting research links.  Get back to your vision health roots and start fitting scleral RGP lenses.

Brush up on your RGP fitting skills with this cool tool -   GP Click  'n'Fit

Check out these sites for more information on the fitting of Scleral Lenses and fitting tools for GP Lenses



Low Vision

WP_20130814_002With the growing demographic of aging seniors Low Vision will gradually become an important dispensing service.  Those Opticians who seize the opportunity will not only add to their bottom line but will also find great satisfaction in realizing the most important part of their professional purpose – to help people see better.

Check out these sites for more information on Low Vision



Over Refraction


If you are not now incorporating over-refraction into your day-to-day practice you need to review the many benefits to you and your patients of doing so.  Over-refraction is an excellent trouble-shooting tool which can save you money on re-makes.  It is also a valuable analytic and demonstration tool assisting you and your patient in starting the dispensing discussion with accurate expectations of visual outcomes.

Check out these links for more information on Over Refraction


Fitting Kids with Contact Lenses

If you’re looking around for ways to increase your contact lens practice children present an opportunity that shouldn’t be overlooked.  Many contact lens fitters are reluctant to consider this demographic for a variety of legitimate reasons.  However much vision care professionals may wish it otherwise, the age demographic is not only very image conscious but they are usually actively involved in school-related or community athletics for which contact lenses provide a good as well as a safe visual result.   Within the pediatric category you could further specialize in fitting for serious problems such as retinopathy of prematurity, congenital cataracts

Check out these links for more info on Kids and Contacts


Contact Lens Care Systems

WP_20130814_006Contact lens care systems can be the key to a successful contact lens practice.  Why?  Because if you can’t match your patient up with just the right care system for him/her, it won’t be properly used, the patient will experience increasing discomfort, wearing time will decrease and ultimately lenses will be abandoned as being too much of a bother.  The good news is contact lens solutions companies are continually developing solutions and systems that offer the practitioner with options that allow you to tailor the recommended care routine to suit the patient.  And there is an abundance of research as well as detailed product information and studies to acquaint you with  new products and reacquaint you with new and improved products. 

Check out these sites for more information on Contact Lens Care Systems



Dry Eyes , The Tear Layer, And Contact Lenses

Tear LayersHistorically we may have thought that dry eye syndrome was associated with the aging process.  Today we see a much larger cohort of patients with dry eye symptoms, extending well outside the senior age group.  The culprits are, among other things environmental factors along with the increasing complexity of tasks we perform and activities in which we engage, not to mention our obsession with hand-held electronics.   Naturally the prevalence of dry eye impacts clarity of vision and overall eye comfort which in turn presents dispensing challenges for opticians.  Understanding dry eye is only half the battle.  Coaching patients through the discomfort can be frustrating but by keeping up with products and techniques that can moderate the symptoms you demonstrate why as a regulated professional you are an important part of the patient’s eye care team.

Check out these links for more info on Dry Eyes


Please share your thoughts with us about our new program to raise the level of professional knowledge of Opticians. Tell us what you would like to learn more about. Share with us the links and information you find and we will post them.

When we share our knowledge we are collectively the experts!

The themes at Inside Optics 2014 are ‘Regulation and how it affects you’, ‘UV & Blue Light and the role of the Optician’ and ‘Communication for better education (both patient and Optician)’. We’re having a mock discipline trial based on alleged infractions of ‘Net’icians.  Electronic communication is all over the educational series and the trade show.  We want you to maximize your business and dispensing opportunities through the use of innovative platforms like QR codes.  As always research and development continue to bring us new insights into the visual challenges of our patients and therefore into how we can use those products to mitigate those challenges – such as UV and Blue Light.  Even the trade show will be an educational experience.  You’ll be able to respond to polling question in real time throughout the day through an electronic polling system.

Inside Optics is all about giving you multiple opportunities to populate your Professional Profile.  You will participate in the more traditional presentation format and be able to validate attendance and post credits.  In addition, your Inside Optics experience will allow you to further grow your Professional Profile by exposing you to themes and communication technologies that may lead you to further self-directed exploration.

IO 2014 Accredited Hours

"Beyond The Visible"   Ted Beaton, RO   #3308  1EG

"Healthy Starts Kids. Contact Lenses And The Importance Of UV Protection"  Dr Richard Maharaj, OD   #3273  1CL

"Dailies Total One- Water Gradient Technology"  Dr Michael Kaplan,OD  1CL


Here are the suggested learning objectives for the day. You may wish to use these or modify them as you feel will reflect you personal Learning Objectives. 

Fundamental to your Professional Profile development is completing forms that establish your Learning Objectives.  Here’s some help in phrasing the Learning Objectives for today’s conference.

Learning Objective 1

To understand the positive and negative impact of ultra-violet and blue light on the human eye and to explore ways through which I can enhance my dispensing service to better educate my patients and to offer them the widest range of product options to mitigate the negatives and enhance to positives.

Learning Objective 2

Because the professional environment is and will continue to change, I want to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of regulation in general and of Ontario Opticians’ regulations specifically in order to maximize my scope of practice opportunities while maintaining professional regulatory integrity.

Learning Objective 3

To be current or ahead of the curve with new and emerging products and service opportunities and to learn improved communication techniques and technology that are fundamental to best communication practices.


We know you’ll only get a taste of the show’s themes in our one-day event so we’ve developed several additional resource links that will allow you to enhance and expand these interesting themes for your own self-directed study projects.

Contact Lenses

Increasing Tear Osmolarity

Tear Osmolarity

Lubricity of Surface Hydrogel Lenses

Special Issue of Contact Lens Spectrum on  Lubricity

Does Lubricity Equal Biocompatability?

The Development of Alcon's Dailies Total1 Water Gradient Contact Lens

Dry Eyes - Causes and Treatment of Dry Eyes

Dry Eye Gets Some Respect

Report of the International Dry Eye Workshop

Contact Lens Wettability in Vitro: Effect of Surface Active Ingredients


Internet Dispensing

Challenging the Status Quo  Challenging the status quo

Analysis of Canadian Internet Pharmacies

Patient Safey & Telenursing and Telehealth

A New Kind of Optical - Virtual Dispensing

The Perils of Internet Dispensing

Competing with Neticians

5 Ways Social Media is Impacting Customer Service



Blue Light

Blue light Filtering may protect against MD

Should we Block the Blue

The Macular Degeneration Epidemic

Understanding Blue Light

Blue Light and Sleep Disorder

How Artificial Light is Wrecking Your Sleep & What to do About it.


Summary of Complaints and Discipline Process

What Does it Mean to be a Regulated Health Professional

Understanding Self Regulation

The Difference Between Regulatory Bodies and Associations

The Importance of Continuing Professional Development

How to Write Smart Goals for Self Directed Learning

Motivate Staff to Enhance their Skills



Optical Clinical Calculator    APP

Duochrome Acuity Test (Android)

Vision Test

Vision Toolbox

B & L Contact Lens Toric Eye

Visual Acuity Test

Edge Thickness Calculator

Clinical Grading Scales

Optics Clinical Calculator

Variety of Eye Tests


Dispensing Assorted

Contact Lens Calculator

Jackson Cross Cylinder Demonstration

Ishihara Colour Blindness Test

Subjective Refraction Cross Cylinder Technique

Retinoscopy Simulator

Basic Refracting Procedures for Opticians

Ptosis Crutch


Making your own QR Codes

Using QR Codes Creatively

Using QR Codes in your Business

Downloading QR Code Reader

QR Codes What Are They and How to Use Them

Specialty Symposium 2015

October 18, 2015

Mississauga Grand Banquet & Convention Centre

Track 2

All Eyes on Specialty RGPs – Rikke Dootjes & Jim Thompson, RCLF


2 CL & 1 EG/CL/RF