OAC Intracom
February 2020
By Al Lens, COMT
Cancer. Can’t live with it… cancer is when a cell is altered and multiplies out of control. In most cases, this results in a tumour (but not all tumours are cancerous). Some tumours grow rapidly, others are slow to progress. If the malignant cells enter the lymphatic system or blood vessels, the cancer will metastasize (spread to other parts of the body).

The eyes are not immune to falling victim to cancer. It can start in the eye, or the eye can be a secondary victim to cancer that started elsewhere in the body. In addition to the eyeball itself, cancer can develop within the bony orbit or in the skin surrounding the eye.

Uveal Melanoma
Stages of eye cancer:
  • Stage 1: the tumour is less than 3 mm; it has not spread to other parts of the eye or body.
  • Stage 2: the tumour is 3-5 mm and has unlikely spread to other parts of the eye or body.
  • Stage 3: the tumour size is large and involves other parts of the eye.
  • Stage 4: the cancer has metastasized.
The most common type of cancer within the eye is uveal melanoma. The uvea consists of the pigmented layers of the eye: iris, ciliary body, and the choroid. The iris is the part of the eye that gives us that glorious colour of the eye. The ciliary body is located behind the iris and is responsible for accommodation (changing the focus of the eye) and producing aqueous humor (fluid to provide nutrients to parts of the eye with no blood vessels). The choroid is the pigmented layer between the retina and the sclera (white of the eye) and provides the blood supply for the retina. Continue Reading...

Watch Al Lens give a presentation on Genetic Visual Disorders at the Atlantic Conference in Amherst, NS on May 2-3, 2020. Register Today!
Atlantic Conference 2020

Elaine Grisdale, ABDO Head of International Development, will travel from the UK to discuss about dementia, how it can affect patients, and how as healthcare professionals we can adapt our own practise to ensure open access to optical care without discrimination.

The Nova Scotia Society of Dispensing Opticians (NSSDO) is proud to be the host province for this unique professional development weekend. This event is an excellent opportunity to network, connect and socialize with colleagues from all over Atlantic Canada.” – Robert MacLeod, NSSDO Director

Paul Sim, NS OAC Director, continues “ This year, the annual NSSDO Education day and AGM will be the Atlantic Conference. It is fast approaching and I would advise you to save your seat as soon as you can because the OAC office has already filled more than 1/3 of the venue capacity.

All Atlantic organizations and the OAC would like to thank our sponsors Bausch & Lomb, Essilor, PPG, The Optical Group, Transitions and Alcon who are hard at work on surprises that will blow our minds.
Register today: CLICK HERE

Anna's Pink And Purple Glasses This children's storybook portrays Anna, age 5 who gets her first pair of glasses and how happy she is after being fearful of going for an eye exam. This storybook is a literacy story about empathy, inclusion, awareness and eyecare professionals.

This project is the initiative of two friends from P.E.I Dr. Marlene Bryenton and Leanne Bowlan, LO. Marlene is the writer and Leanne, the illustrator.

Anna's Pink and Purple Glasses has been approved by the P.E.I. Public Schools Branch. Marlene and Leanne’s goal is to distribute it to 1405 kindergarten children and 1321 grade two children in 56 Island schools.

Anna's Pink and Purple Glasses will be launched on February 19th at Sherwood School on the first ever, "I Read Canadian Day". The inaugural "I Read Canadian Day" is a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people. This is a day dedicated to ‘reading Canadian’ and will empower families, schools, libraries and organizations to host local activities and events within the week.

The OAC is happy to have been able to help Marlene and Leanne with a financial boost.

And you? What are you up to these days? How do you help create a vibrant profession in your community? canada@opticians.ca

Salon Vision-R 2020
The SALON VISION-R from REGARD ACTION and the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) come together this year to form a SINGLE MUST-HAVE MEETING for Canada’s optical professionals. All eye care professionals, opticians, optometrists, support staff and students are welcome to discover new products, promising technologies and services that will redefine tomorrows market.

Register now to enjoy many advantages and to secure your place for exceptional training (in simultaneous translation on site). A date to remember: Saturday May 2, 2020 at the Manoir Saint-Sauveur!

Come and live this unique experience with more than 50 suppliers, 4 hours of training, visit of the exhibition hall, inclusive of dinner, and why not expand your pleasure and enjoy the evening under the theme of ‘Casino Royale’... Hurry, we only have 350 places for this evening which promises to be unforgettable! Press Release: Click here
Register today: CLICK HERE

Inside Optics Live Webcast
April 19, 2020  |  EST – Eastern Standard Time  |  more info

Vision British Columbia
April 26, 2020  |  Kelowna, BC  |  more info

Salon Vision-R
May 1-3, 2020  |  St-Sauveur, QC   |   more info

Atlantic Conference 2020
May 2-3, 2020  |  Amherst, NS  |  more info

Optical Summit West
September 20, 2020  |  Burnaby, BC  |  more info


The OAC and the OOA are hosting a live webcast on Sunday, April 19, 2020 during Inside Optics 2020 (Toronto, ON). Registration is available online until April 18th at 12:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time). OAC Members: $125.00 +tax  |  Non-OAC Members: $175.00 +tax

For more information, CLICK HERE
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