Optometry in Canada

Optometry in Canada

To obtain the professional designation, doctor of optometry degree, optometrists must complete minimum three years undergraduate education, and a four or five year university program in optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) is the only accrediting body for professional optometric degree (O.D.) programs, optometric residency programs and optometric technician programs in Canada.

Optometric Coverage by Province

An Overview of Provincial Optometric Health Care Coverage

Optometric Scope of Practice

An Overview of Optometric Scope of Practice Across Canada

List of Acronyms

  • DPA – Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agent
  • TPA - Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent
  • NSAID - Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
  • ACG - Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma
  • POAG - Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
  • OTC – Over the Counter