Eye Exams & Vision Care
What should I expect from an eye exam?
What is the difference between optometrist, ophthalmologist, and optician?
Are eye exams covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)?
If I do not agree to additional tests that are not covered by OHIP, can I still receive the OHIP-covered eye exam?
Why does my optometrist use eye drops?
I hate the air puff thing. Is it necessary?
What information is included in a prescription?
Is there a difference between a prescription for glasses vs contact lenses?
Will my optometrist automatically give me a copy of my prescription, or do I need to ask for it?
Where can I fill my prescription?
What do I need to know before buying glasses or contacts over the internet?
What is the PD measurement?
Do glasses prescriptions have an expiry date?
What is a contact lens exam?
What if I just want contacts to change my eye colour?
Roles & Responsibilities
How do I know if I received good care?
What if I suspect I didn’t receive good care?
What role do both patients and optometrists have in eye care?
Is government assistance available for low-vision devices?
Council Elections FAQs
What am I expected to do if I am elected to Council?
What criteria must I meet to run for an election?
When do elections take place?
What information can I provide optometrists in my district following my self-nomination?
Can I be involved with a College committee instead of running for an elected position on Council?
Does the College provide any legal or accounting advice regarding incorporation for members?
Who can be shareholders in an Optometry Professional Corporation (OPC)
Does the Corporation Profile Report need to be certified?
How long will it take to issue my certificate of authorization?
Will the College back-date a certificate of authorization?
Are the names and addresses of shareholders public information on the College website?
The renewal date of my certificate has passed. What should I do?
Is my Certificate of Authorization still valid when my corporation amalgamates?
What is meant by “a copy of every certificate endorsed under the Business Incorporations Act”?
Can my practice name that is advertised to the public (e.g., on signage, website, prescriptions, etc.) be different than the name of my OPC?
I am a member with non-practising status. Can I be a shareholder in an OPC?
Can I be a partner in an optical retail business with non-optometrist partners (e.g., with an optician or a family member)?
Who needs an Independent Contractor Agreement?
How do I know if my Agreement is in compliance with the College regulation? Is the College able to review it for me?
Advertising & Receipts
May our clinic advertise discounts/sales/promotions to the public (e.g., 50% off all frames until July 1, or 25% off the purchase of a second pair of spectacles)?
May our clinic offer incentives to patients (e.g., Air Miles, or a raffle for a trip to Miami)?
May our clinic advertise and/or offer discounts to patients who refer family members or friends?
May our receipts itemize a single dollar value for spectacles (frame and lenses together) or should our receipts itemize prices for frames and lenses separately?
Mandatory Prescription Release
If a patient has an eye exam and there’s no change in prescription, must I give the patient a copy of the prescription?
May I email optical prescriptions to patients?
If a patient refuses the prescription, what must I do? For example, the patient might have already decided to buy glasses at my office, or might not want new glasses if the prescription hasn’t changed.
If a patient shows up for an emergency exam with complaints of sudden onset floaters in one eye, and no refractive measurement is investigated at the visit, must I give the patient a copy of the prescription?
If a patient receives regular binocular vision therapy at our clinic, and refractive status is investigated only periodically, when must I give the patient a copy of the prescription?
If a patient has an eye exam and no correction is needed, must I give the patient a copy of a prescription?
When must I release contact lens specifications?
Practice Locations Reporting FAQs
How do I report a practice location to the College?
I just started practising at a new location. When must I report it to the College?
I practised at a location for one day only. Do I need to report this location to the College?
Which of my reported practice locations will be published on the public register?
I occasionally visit area retirement homes and schools to provide eye examinations. Must I report these practice locations to the College?
I provide home visits to patients. How do I report this to the College?
I provide telehealth services as part of a virtual clinic. Must I report my virtual clinic to the College?
Mandatory Self-Reporting FAQs
Why must I self-report?
Is the obligation to self-report this information new?
What exactly do I need to report?
If I’ve already reported the required information to the College, do I need to report it again on the new Self-Reporting Form?
Do I have to self-report if I get a speeding or parking ticket?
Do I have to report a charge from before May 1, 2018?
Do I have to report a charge if I was found not guilty after a court challenge?
When must I report the above information?
What happens if I don’t self-report?
Will the College post all charges to the public register?
How do optometrists self-report?
How long does the complaints process take?
Does the College reimburse complainants or optometrists for costs incurred in the course of dealing with a complaint?
Do complaints against an optometrist remain confidential?
Does the ICRC consider any previous complaints submitted against an optometrist?
How does the College deal with anonymous complaints against an optometrist?
Can information gathered by the College or the decision issued by the ICRC be used in Court?
What if a complainant or optometrist is unhappy with a decision of the ICRC?
General Registration FAQs
Approximately how long will the whole registration process take?
How long is my application for registration valid?
Who can I ask to notarize my documents? Is a signature enough on the back of my photograph?
When should I submit my Certificate of Standing/letter of good standing?
Is it possible to have my “good standing” status checked online by the College?
When should I apply for my OHIP billing number?
What type of ACOE programs are accepted by the College?
What happens if the requirements for registration change after I’ve submitted my application?
If I complete all of the registration requirements, can I expect to start working immediately as an optometrist in Ontario?
When is a practice assessment or evaluation conducted by the Registration Committee?
Jurisprudence Exam FAQs
How do I register for the Ontario Optometric Jurisprudence exam?
Do I have to complete the Ontario Optometric Jurisprudence seminar?
Where and how often is the Ontario Optometric Jurisprudence exam administered?
How long does it take to get the Ontario Optometric Jurisprudence exam results?
What happens if I fail the Ontario Optometric Jurisprudence exam?
Can I take the Ontario Optometric Jurisprudence exam before I graduate from my optometry program?
I passed Ontario Optometric Jurisprudence exam three years ago but did not get registered with the College, do I have to take it again?
Vulnerable Sector Check FAQs
What is a Vulnerable Sector (VS) Check?
Where do I go to get the VS check done? How much will it cost and how long will it take?
Why do I have to get a VS check?
Do I need to submit my fingerprints for the VS check?
Can I get a VS check if my name has changed?
How recent should the VS check be?
How do I submit the results of the VS check?