Opticians can provide the following services: 

Some Opticians can Sight-Test:
An automated refraction (sight test) is a computerized assessment of how the eyes bend and focus light to create an image on the retina. The process has been scientifically proven as a safe, reliable, and reproducible test. It uses equipment and a sophisticated computer program to test and measure visual acuity. 

It also calculates whether clients would see more clearly with the help of corrective lenses and determines the strength of lenses needed.
 
We have established qualifications, standards and strict guidelines around automated refraction to protect public safety. Only automated refracting Licensed Opticians who are trained to safely and effectively perform sight testing are permitted to assess visual acuity.

Opticians can dispense eyeglasses:
Licensed Opticians recommend eyeglass frames, lenses and lens coatings after considering the power of the lenses, also taking into account the customer's occupation, habits, and facial features. They can replace existing eyewear for a client without seeking a new prescription.
 
Some Opticians can fit contact lenses:
Licensed Opticians show clients how to insert, remove and care for their contacts, their cosmetic shells or their artificial eyes. At periodic intervals through a patient’s contact lens wearing life, Licensed Opticians are required to check the fitting of the contacts lenses, ensuring no harm to the eye.
 
Some Opticians provide low vision aids:
They help provide low vision aids to make reading easier, more comfortable, and more enjoyable. A Licensed Optician can design the best system for that individual. Devices can range from simple hand-held magnifying lenses systems to high-tech computerized electronic systems.

Some Opticians provide vision screening:
Over 250 BC Licensed Opticians have been trained in large-scale vision screening programs. Many are putting this education into practice by hosting neighborhood eye care events that are focused on awareness on eye health.

COBC is delighted these programs are designed to benefit the public. We also applaud the fact these programs were held across the province.
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