Charitable Optometric Opportunities

CAO is pleased to promote charitable causes dedicated to improving the lives of people with vision issues. 

If you are interested in donating your time, equipment, or money to a good cause, please consider one of the organizations below.

Canadian Vision Care

A full-fledged registered charity, Canadian Vision Care (CVC) provides primary and surgical eye care in locations around the world.

Canadian Optometric Education Trust Fund

Established by the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the Canadian Optometric Education Trust Fund (COETF) is a federally registered charitable organization supporting optometric research, education and professional development through unrestricted cash awards to individuals and institutions.

Optometry Giving Sight

A global fundraising initiative targeting the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error, Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) provides optometric education, training and delivery of eye care and low cost glasses. 

Video - See some of the faces whose lives have been changed thanks to the support of everyone in the optometric community.

Vision Institute

A non-profit charitable optometry clinic that uses donations to support charitable clinical services to under-served communities and at-risk patient populations.

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity

Using volunteer optometrists, opticians, health care providers and lay people, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) facilitates the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care.

Waterloo Eye Institute

Initiated by the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science, the Waterloo Eye Institute will push the boundaries of eye and vision care, clinical education and research for patients across the country. You can help make this bold vision a reality by making a donation here.

Video - Seeing Beyond 2020: The Waterloo Eye Institute