College Of Opticians Of British-Columbia (COBC)


Professionals ensuring safe, quality vision care for all.

Regulating qualified competent Licensed Opticians in the public interest.

1. Professional - ensuring registrants fulfil the standards of practice and code of ethics.
2. Innovative - constantly improving opticianry competencies and increasing technological advancements.
3. Safety - ensuring registrants deliver quality, safe vision care.
4. Integrity - honest, credible and trustworthy at all times.
5. Dedicated - passionately committed to vigilant regulation of vision care services.

1. Registration - improving the regulation of opticians in BC
2. Quality assurance - ensuring opticians meet practice standards and remain competent to practice
3. Public awareness - educate the public about what to expect from an optician
4. Stakeholder relations - develop relationships with stakeholders to help the College achieve its vision and mission
5. Operations management - ensure the College's statutory programs are effective at meeting program mandates and are running efficiently

Al Lens

  • Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist
  • Began ophthalmic career in 1986
  • Obtained BC optician license 1996 (no longer maintaining license)
  • Developed training program for large ophthalmology practice
  • Lecturer/instructor at numerous education conventions across North America
    • Opticians
    • Optometric Assistants
    • Optometrists
    • Ophthalmic Medical Personnel
  •  Keynote speaker at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (Saudi Arabia)
  • Author / co-author of published books (SLACK, Inc.):
    • LASIK for Technicians
    • Optics, Retinoscopy and Refractometry (1st and 2nd editions)
    • Ocular Anatomy & Physiology (1st and 2nd editions)
    • Cataracts and Glaucoma
  • Currently employed at three ophthalmology clinics:
    • General ophthalmology (2)
    • Laser refractive surgery centre

Dr. Milan Madhavji

Milan Madhavji is an Oral Radiologist by trade and developer by passion. With the creation of successful, industry disrupting tech company already under his belt, Milan is reapplying his own lessons in bootstrapping to his latest venture, Specsy.

Milan's formal education is in dentistry (DMD 2006 from University of Manitoba) and Oral Radiology (MSc. 2010 from University of Toronto). However, most of the computer development knowledge used to build Canaray and Specsy is self-taught.

Dr. Milan Madhavji

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