Scopes of Practice > Opticians



Scope of Practice from Individual Acts

The practice of opticianry is the provision, fitting and adjustment of subnormal vision devices, contact lenses or eye glasses.



Alternate / Additional Description of Scope

Opticianry involves the preparation, adaptation and delivery of ophthalmic eye wear and includes the selection, designing, measuring, manufacturing, verification and fitting of optical appliances. Opticians are health professionals trained to interpret prescriptions prepared by ophthalmologists and optometrists and also serve as public educators on eye care issues including disease prevention and detection.



Summarized Controlled Acts

Prescribing or dispensing, contact lenses or eye glasses (partial)



Authorized Acts

4.  In the course of engaging in the practice of opticianry, a member is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to dispense subnormal vision devices, contact lenses or eye glasses. 1991, c. 34, s. 4.

Additional requirements for authorized acts

5.  (1)  A member shall not dispense subnormal vision devices, contact lenses or eye glasses under the authority of section 4 except upon the prescription of an optometrist or physician.