Role of the Optometrist (OD)


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.

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
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Coverage Grids and Scope of Practice

An overview of Optometric Coverage and Scope of Practice across Canada

Provincial Health Coverage Grid

An overview of provincial coverage for optometric care.

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Simplified Exam Coverage Grid

Annual eye exam coverage summary.

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Optometric Scope of Practice

An overview of Optometric Scope of Practice Across Canada.

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