Vision is the most important of all human senses. The public expects that their vision appliances (eye glasses and contact lenses) will provide them with the best vision possible. They also expect that a qualified and regulated professional will assure that they receive optimum care. Moreover, provincial regulatory authorities require that Doctors of Optometry are accountable and meet standards of care.
An evidenced based review conducted by the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council in Ontario1 determined that the dispensing of eye wear should remain a regulated act. The decision to recommend continued regulation was based on the fact that there is a risk of harm from the unregulated sale of contact lenses and eye glasses.