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The College of Opticians of British Columbia is the regulatory body for opticians in BC. The College regulates opticianry by ensuring Licensed Opticians are qualified to practice and that they are consistently providing safe and ethical care to their patients. The College is not a school.

The College was established in 1994 under the Health Professions Act and has a duty to serve and protect the public interest by overseeing the conduct and competence of Licensed Opticians. The College also sets and enforces practice standards and responds to complaints when standards are not being met.



Connie Chong

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Dr Mark Eltis, OD

Dr Mark Eltis With over fifteen years of experience, Dr. Mark Eltis has practiced Optometry in New York, California and Toronto. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and continues to be a lecturer there. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. Dr. Eltis has served as an examiner for national licensing assessment in both Canada and the United States (NBEO, CSAO and CACO). He has presented and published internationally and has been sought as an expert on optometric issues for national television and print.

In 2013, Dr. Eltis was honored as a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS) having “demonstrated excellence in the care of patients with glaucoma through professional education and scientific investigation.” Dr. Eltis is a reviewer for over a dozen publications including Journal of Glaucoma and Canadian Journal of Optometry. In 2017, Dr. Eltis was recognized for his “outstanding contribution in reviewing” by the editors of Journal of Optometry and Elsevier.

Dr. Eltis has been a consultant for academic institutions overseas, contact lens/pharmaceutical companies, law firms, and a subject matter expert for competency evaluations. In 2018, Dr. Eltis was appointed as a member of the College of Optometrists of Ontario’s Discipline Committee (adjudicating allegations of professional misconduct at formal hearings). He also recently completed the full sequence of courses at University of California at Berkeley to achieve California Glaucoma Certification TLG (the highest level of licensure in the state). Most recently he has been writing a monthly column for Primary Care Optometry News to share his perspective on the latest developments in Glaucoma research.



Dr Nurani, OD

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Sean Sylvester

Sean Sylvestre is a community builder and social entrepreneur. He graduated from Red River College’s Business Administration program in 2003. After college Sean became a licensed optician and joined his family’s optical business where he was instrumental in the company’s growth and eventual sale to a local group of Optometrists in 2008.

In 2016, Sean was approached by the Winnipeg School Division to create a mobile vision care program that could provide comprehensive eye examinations and dispense prescription eyeglasses directly on-site at various schools throughout Winnipeg. Since the program began in 2016, the Winnipeg School Division has reported significant improvements in student attendance, behaviour as well as an average literacy gain of 1.4 grade levels among those students who have received eyeglasses as a result of the program.

As a result of his efforts within Winnipeg schools and the impact the program has had on the lives of nearly 8,000 students to date, Sean was recognized as a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2019.

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