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Optometrist

Optometrists examine, assess, measure and diagnose disorders and diseases of the human visual system, the eye and its associated structures; provide and prescribe treatment, management and correction; act as consultants to other health care providers; and conduct research and promote education in the visual sciences.

Contact

Alberta College of Optometrists
#102, 8407 Argyll Road NW
Edmonton, Alberta 
Canada  T6C 4B2
Phone number: 780-466-5999
Toll-free phone number: 1-800-668-2694
Fax number: 780-466-5969
Website: www.collegeofoptometrists.ab.ca

Legislation

Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Optometrists Profession Regulation, registration with the Alberta College of Optometrists (ACO) is mandatory if you meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public, teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession, or supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Registered members who are authorized by the College perform restricted activities specified in the Regulation. Only registered members may call themselves Optometrists.

What You Need

Registration requires successful completion of: (1) an approved doctor of optometry degree program, (2) Health Care Practitioner CPR certification and (3) approved examinations. Applicants who have been out of practice for a period of time also may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice. The required academic training usually takes at least seven years to complete. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the ACO website or contact the ACO office.

Working in Alberta

Optometrists who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered optometrists in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To find more information on the certification process for internationally educated optometrists, see Optometrist Registration Process on the AlbertaCanada.com website.

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