March 25, 2020
The College of Opticians of Ontario (COO) has distributed a message to opticians and dispensary owners. In this directive the COO reminds owners that opticians must adhere to the directive that states that only essential services are provided. I encourage all opticians and business owners to review this latest update.
While these directives remain in effect, the College has advised opticians that they are required to suspend all non-essential in-person patient care. - COO
This means that casual eyewear sales are not permitted. It is the decision of the optician whether the service required can be provided remotely or safely in-person. The COO update also includes a list of measures dispensaries can take to help ensure the safety of the patient and the optician. There are also a few suggestions to help the optician decide what could be deemed essential.
I want to reiterate once again, it is up to the optician to decide whether the service required can be provided remotely or safely in-person.