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Windsor-area Optometrist has Licence Removed

Effective July 9, the College of Optometrists of Ontario removed the licence of Mr. Baseem Wahab, who had been practising as an optometrist in Windsor, Ontario and the surrounding area. Mr. Wahab provided false and misleading information when registering with the College, failing to disclose that: He had a prior licence to practise optometry in…more

Get Involved with the College!

It’s that time of year again! We’re looking for optometrists to join Council or serve on a College committee. Bring your perspective and experience to our work! Help us achieve our vision to be a leading regulator focused on safe eye care and progressive practice. Council acts like a Board of Directors and guides the…more

Council Meeting Highlights – June 25, 2020

Council met virtually on June 25, 2020 and approved several key items that inform College work, including the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, revisions to the Return to Work guidance, the Continuing Education Policy, and by-law amendments. Strategic Plan 2020-2023 Council approved a new three-year strategic plan that includes a new mission, vision, values and strategic priorities….more

Council Meeting Highlights – April 20, 2020

Welcome to Council Council welcomed three new members: Public member Ms. Kathryn Biondi Public member Mr. Ravnit Dhaliwal Professional member Dr. Lindy Mackey In addition, Ms. Biondi was appointed to the Discipline, Governance/HR, and Patient Relations committees; Mr. Dhaliwal to the Discipline and Quality Assurance (QA Panel) committees; and Dr. Mackey to the Discipline Committee….more

COVID-19 FAQ for Optometrists

Updated March 25, 2020: the College recommends that only optometrists with access to PPE provide in-person, urgent care.Updated May 2020: Optometrists resumed non-urgent care, following College and Ministry of Health guidance. 1. Am I required to close my office? The College of Optometrists is strongly recommending that optometry offices offer urgent care only at this time….more

Urgent Care Only – Change to Optometry Care During COVID-19

We have recently received many questions about coronavirus and optometry care, particularly with respect to the provision of non-urgent care. We have been working closely with the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the Ministry of Health to determine appropriate next steps. At this time, the College of Optometrists of Ontario is strongly recommending that all…more

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

See the March 16 update regarding urgent care only at optometry offices during COVID-19 Published Jan. 30, 2020Updated March 20, 2020 In December 2019, a new respiratory illness — novel coronavirus (COVID-19) — was identified in Wuhan, China. The virus is now being reported in numerous countries, including Canada. Those with the virus may present with mild to severe…more

Council Highlights – January 17, 2020

Welcome to Council & Election of Executive Officers Council welcomed two new members to their first meeting: Dr. Camy Grewal, Dr. William Ulakovic, as well as returning member Dr. Marta Witer. The Executive Committee was acclaimed as follows: Dr. Patrick Quaid, President Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Vice-President Dr. Camy Grewal Ms. Winona Hutchinson Mr. John Van…more

Essilor/Clearly Injunction Supreme Court Appeal Update

The College of Optometrists of Ontario and the College of Opticians of Ontario are disappointed that our application for leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in College of Optometrists of Ontario v. Essilor Group Inc., 2019 ONCA 265 to the Supreme Court of Canada was not granted. Our role as the regulators for the…more

Council Meeting Highlights – September 27, 2019

Welcome to Council and the College Council welcomed two new public members: Ms. Suzanne Allen and Ms. Winona Hutchinson. Council also took the opportunity to thank several outgoing members for their contributions: Dr. Bill Chisholm, Dr. Areef Nurani, Ms. Ellen Pekilis, as well as outgoing President Dr. Pooya Hemami, whose term ends in December. Council…more