May 2019
By Charlie Saccarelli, ABOM |
President of Chadwick Optical, Inc.
Chadwick Optical Dear Reader,

We’re going to play a game. I have this insatiable need to tell you something that really bothers me about you. And in telling you this, it’s going to help you get better. Ya’s constructive criticism!

You never pay attention and you make too many mistakes.

What’s your first reaction to hearing this? If you’re human, which most of us are, your first reaction is probably defensive. You will think of all the ways this statement just isn’t true. Have you ever had somebody say something completely mean to you, and then try to soften it? Maybe that could be constructive. Let’s try that.

NO OFFENSE, but you never pay attention and you make too many mistakes.

How does that feel? Offensive? But I said NO offense! Lighten up, will ya? How about I soften it with some humor?

Applications are currently being accepted for enrollment in the NAIT/OAC Optical Sciences Programs for the Fall 2019 intake. The fall intake will commence on August 26th, with enrollment available in the following programs:

  • Optical Sciences Eyeglasses (Available in English or French)
  • Optical Sciences Contact Lenses (Available in English or French)
  • Optical Sciences Refracting (Available in English only)

For individuals residing outside of the province of Alberta, email if you wish to have a course information and application package sent to you. Residents of Alberta, must contact NAIT directly at optical@

Would You Like To Offer Low Vision Solutions In Your Practice?

Optelec and the OAC announce their partnership which offers OAC Members 50% OFF the Optelec Starter Kit. This Starter kit includes the most valuable and most requested products that help Eye Care Professionals offer Low Vision solutions.

Optelec generously provides all necessary equipment for OAC’s Low Vision Workshops run across the country.

Optelec designs and creates low vision solutions to help the blind and visually impaired in their daily lives. Its mission is simple: “Improving the quality of life of visually impaired and dyslexic people – reaching out with simple and effective solutions.”

When you order at Optelec, please mention that you are a member of the Opticians Association of Canada and provide your personal ASSOCIATION MEMBER ID: {%CLIENT: Master Number: VALUE%}

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By Darquise Tardif  | Optician and Teacher
I’ve been an optician for nearly 30 years. I started working in clinics during humanitarian missions back in 2003 and I haven’t stopped since. As an opticianry teacher at Cégep Garneau in Quebec City, I get a lot of satisfaction introducing my students to this branch of the profession. I’ve had the opportunity to organize several internships in Africa and Haiti. I’ve also gone on twenty or so missions
with the NGO Vosh Santa Cruz de Montréal as well as a few with Terre Sans Frontières.

I like to mix business with pleasure. Allow me to explain.  Read More...

Vision Health Month is a great time to raise awareness about eye health and ways to prevent vision loss. Did you know that 1 in 7 Canadians will develop a serious eye disease in their lifetime? Yet 75% of vision loss can be prevented or treated with proper care.

The OAC partnered with MediaPlanet on a Vision Health campaign that was recently published in MacLean's magazine, with a readership of 2.4 million. On shelves as of May 16th, the campaign is also hosted on

With editorial features from social influencer and blind advocate Molly Burke and the CAO, this campaign will encourage Canadians to be more proactive in taking care of their vision health and will educate those with low vision on the treatments and innovative products available to them. In the OAC editorial and ad content, we highlighted the importance of a Licensed Optician in ensuring an individual is seeing their best.

Check out the campaign: Print Version - CLICK HERE    |   Digital Version - CLICK HERE
By Sandra Blanchette, AB Director – Opticians Association of Canada

“... Recently, the Alberta government passed Bill 21, an Act to protect patients. This amendment to the Health Professions Act pertains to the protection of patients from sexual assault and sexual misconduct. Due to this amendment in the legislation, changes needed to be made to the Alberta Standards of Practice. ..."  Read More...

Advanced technologies make specialty contact lens fitting more efficient. 

" Managing complex corneal conditions and challenging refractive errors with specialty contact lenses takes a high level of commitment and skill. Fortunately, there are now many advanced technologies available that can make lens evaluation more efficient and can assist in troubleshooting difficult fits. Originally created to detect and monitor disease, theses technologies also have tremendous value when applied in specialty lens 
CL Spectrum Magazine - May 2019
practice. Investing in some of these technologies will not only help streamline complex contact lens fits, but also will help differentiate and build a specialty lens practice." Continuing reading…


Industry is constantly changing. Continuing education is a must for health care professions to stay current with the latest developments, skills, and new technologies required for their fields and to comply with regulatory guidelines. Join the OAC at its next Continuing Education Events:

  • Winnipeg, MB - September 8, 2019
  • Victoria, BC - October 6, 2019
  • Saskatoon, SK - October 27, 2019

More information will be posted very soon on

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