College of Optometrists of Ontario 2016 Annual Report

Published: 2017-11-09
Our 2016 annual report, with audited financial statements, is now online (PDF).

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Workshop: Improve Your Recordkeeping

Published: 2017-11-03
Past College president and past Quality Assurance chair Dr. David White will take you through the art and science of recordkeeping.

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College Council Election Results

Published: 2017-10-26
On Thursday, October 26, an election was held in District 5 – Provincial Electoral District for two positions.

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Council Meeting Highlights, September 19, 2017

Published: 2017-09-28
College Council met on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Here are some highlights:

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Engaging Patients in Patient Safety

Published: 2017-08-17
We know that patients and families have valuable experiences and perspectives to share when it comes to the quality and safety of their care, but engaging in those conversations can be difficult.

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How to Safely Watch the August 21 Solar Eclipse

Published: 2017-08-15
On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will cross much of North America. Many of us will be taking some time to witness this astronomical marvel. But as the Canadian Space Agency reminds us, looking directly at the sun without appropriate protection can lead to serious problems such as partial or complete loss of eyesight.

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Members: Mandatory eLearning Module Now Online

Published: 2017-08-14
This fall, to renew your certificate of registration, you will be required to complete the College’s new elearning module, “Professionalism, Ethical Decision Making and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Patients.”

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Council Meeting Highlights, June 22, 2017

Published: 2017-07-04
College Council met on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Here are some highlights:

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2016 Financial Statements

Published: 2017-06-16
The College’s 2016 financial statements, with audited report, are now online.

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Notice of Revocation of Certificate of Registration – Alvin John Metzger (a.k.a. John Metzger)

Published: 2017-06-02
On May 17, 2017, a Panel of the Discipline Committee of the College of Optometrists of Ontario found Alvin John Metzger (a.k.a. John Metzger) guilty of professional misconduct and ordered the revocation of his certificate of registration, effective immediately.

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Announcing the new Ontario Health Regulators website

Published: 2017-05-18

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Council Meeting Highlights, April 6, 2017

Published: 2017-04-28
The College Council met on Monday, April 6, 2017. Here are some highlights:

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Circulation: A Proposal to Appoint All Public Members to the Discipline Committee

Published: 2017-04-18
This proposed by-law amendment would help facilitate the appointment of properly constituted panels for Discipline hearings.

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Request for Proposals: Alternate Canadian Entry-to-Practice Examination

Published: 2017-03-24
The College is inviting proposals from organizations interested in the development and implementation of an alternate Canadian examination to assess entry-level knowledge, skills and judgment of optometric professionals seeking registration to practise optometry in Canada.

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Fair Registration Practices Report: 2016

Published: 2017-02-17
The College has completed its Fair Registration Practices Report for 2016.

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New Drugs Added to Prescribing List

Published: 2017-02-06
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has announced it has expanded the list of drugs that optometrists may prescribe for the treatment of eye and vision conditions.

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Recirculation: Proposed Amendments to Registration Regulation and College By-laws

Published: 2017-02-02
In late fall of last year, the College circulated several proposed amendments to the Registration Regulation and College by-laws:

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Records: Optometrists and Opticians Working Together

Published: 2017-01-27
The College, in collaboration with the College of Opticians of Ontario, has drafted a guide for optometrists and opticians working together in practice.

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Non-Practising Fee Administration Policy Now Online

Published: 2017-01-26

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Council Meeting Highlights, January 16, 2017

Published: 2017-01-24
The College Council met on Monday, January 16, 2017. Here are some highlights:

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Colleges Seek Injunction Against Essilor Group of Canada Inc./Clearly

Published: 2016-12-14

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Changes to how patients who receive social assistance will access coverage for eye exams

Published: 2016-12-01
Effective December 1, 2016, most patients receiving social assistance (ODSP or OW) will no longer be issued a paper drug card as proof of social assistance eligibility.

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Join Us at the Annual Town Hall Meeting

Published: 2016-11-01

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College of Optometrists of Ontario 2015 Annual Report

Published: 2016-10-31

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What to Expect During an Optometric Exam

Published: 2016-10-11
“What to Expect During an Optometric Exam,” a resource guide for patients, is available now on the College website.

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Comments Requested on Proposed Amendments to Registration Regulation and College By-laws

Published: 2016-10-06
At its September meeting, Council approved for circulation proposed amendments to the Registration Regulation and College by-laws.

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Council Meeting Highlights, September 21, 2016

Published: 2016-10-03
College Council met on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Here are some highlights:

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Council Positions for 2017 Filled by Acclamation

Published: 2016-09-29
Nominations for this year’s Council elections closed on September 27, 2016. The College received one nomination for each of four available positions.

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Call for Nominations: 2017 Council Elections

Published: 2016-09-20

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Council Meeting Highlights, June 20, 2016

Published: 2016-07-07
College Council met on Monday, June 20, 2016. Here are some highlights:

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Recirculation: Proposed Amendments to the Optometry Act, Designated Drugs and Standards of Practice Regulation, and Controlled Acts

Published: 2016-06-23
The Clinical Practice Panel of the Quality Assurance Committee has proposed amendments to the Optometry Act, Designated Drugs and Standards of Practice Regulation, and Controlled Acts.
Click here to read the circulation document and supporting material.

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Council Meeting Highlights, April 20, 2016

Published: 2016-05-03
College Council met on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Here are some highlights:

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Council Meeting Highlights, January 20, 2016

Published: 2016-02-02
College Council met on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Here are some highlights:

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New Registration Policy Approved: Non-Practising Members

Published: 2016-01-26
Council approved a new Registration policy that clarifies the process by which members can change their registration status from practising to non-practising, or vice-versa, for fixed or indefinite periods of time.

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College Council Election Results

Published: 2015-11-02
Council will welcome two new members and two returning members in 2016.

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Council Meeting Highlights, September 30, 2015

Published: 2015-10-13
The College Council met on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Here are some highlights:

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Registration Policy: Non-Practising Status

Published: 2015-10-06
The purpose of this policy is to establish a fair process for members who are not practising in Ontario, but wish to maintain their registration with the College, while ensuring the delivery of the highest quality of eye care in the public interest.

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By-Law Proposal Consultation – CE Audit Fee

Published: 2015-10-06
The College seeks your input on a proposed by-law change that would amend the Schedule of Fees to include a fee for a Continuing Education (CE) deficiency audit by the Quality Assurance Committee for members who misreport their total number of CE hours to the College.

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Call for Nominations: 2016 Council Elections

Published: 2015-09-03
Nominations will now be accepted for the upcoming Council election. This election is required under Part 6 of the College by-laws. It will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The three-year term of the newly elected councillors will begin on January 20, 2016, at the first regular Council meeting following the election.

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College of Optometrists of Ontario 2014 Annual Report

Published: 2015-08-04
Our 2014 annual report, with audited financial statements, is now online (PDF). 

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Council Meeting Highlights, June 18, 2015

Published: 2015-07-02
The College Council met on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Here are some highlights:

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By-law Consultation — Transparency Project, Phase Two

Published: 2015-06-29
At its June meeting, Council approved for circulation proposed amendments to Part 18 of the College by-laws. If passed by Council, these amendments will allow certain additional information about College members to be posted to the public register.
Click here to read the circulation document and supporting material.

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Council Meeting Highlights, April 8, 2015

Published: 2015-04-17
The College Council met on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Here are some highlights:

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Fair Registration Practices Report: 2014

Published: 2015-03-02
The College has completed its Fair Registration Practices Report for 2014. Click here to read the report.

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Council Meeting Highlights, January 16, 2015

Published: 2015-01-26
The College Council met on Friday, January 16, 2015. Here are some highlights:

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Court issues decision on refraction and remote prescribing

Published: 2015-01-22
James McLean brought a Court application asking a judge to determine whether his proposed business model to provide local sight tests and using an Alberta-based ophthalmologist to sign the “prescriptions” was lawful. The Attorney General of Ontario, joined by the College of Opticians of Ontario along with this College argued that Mr. McLean could not do so. On January 5, 2015, the judge agreed.
Click here to read the decision.

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In Focus, January 2015

Published: 2015-01-14
The latest issue of our newsletter is now available.

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New Continuing Education Policy Approved

Published: 2014-12-22
Council has approved a new Continuing Education Policy for the upcoming CE cycle of January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017.

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The College Outlines Transparency Initiatives

Published: 2014-12-01
The College of Optometrists of Ontario today released its report to the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, regarding recent transparency initiatives.

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College Council Election Results

Published: 2014-11-03
On October 31, 2014, elections were held for two positions on Council in District 5, the Provincial Electoral District.
The ballots have been counted and results are in. Congratulations to Dr. Pooya Hemami and Dr. Marta Witer, who have been elected to Council for a three-year term.

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By-law Consultation — Transparency Project, Phase One

Published: 2014-10-22
At its September 17 meeting, Council approved for circulation amendments to College by-laws that will increase the transparency of the regulatory process by making additional information about its members available on the public register.
Click here to read the circulation document and supporting material.

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Quality Assurance (QA) Regulation Proposal

Published: 2014-10-22
On September 17, Council approved for circulation a new QA Regulation that would allow more flexibility in the definition and process of practice assessments and make it consistent with the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) and the new Registration Regulation under the Optometry Act.
Click here to read the circulation document and explanatory material.

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Council Meeting Highlights, September 17, 2014

Published: 2014-09-24
The Council of the College of Optometrists of Ontario met on September 17, 2014. Here are some highlights: 

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College of Optometrists of Ontario 2013 Annual Report

Published: 2014-08-29
Our 2013 annual report, with audited financial statements, is now online (PDF). 

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Proposed Regulation – Spousal Exception

Published: 2014-07-02
On June 6, 2014, the College of Optometrists of Ontario’s Council approved for circulation to members and stakeholders a proposed regulation to create an exception that would allow optometrists to treat their spouses.
Click here to read the proposed regulation and accompanying guidelines.

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Proposed Change to the Schedule of Fees and Penalties of the College By-Laws

Published: 2014-07-02
The College is required to circulate to members, for 60 days prior to Council approval, any by-law related to fees a member is required to pay to the College.
Click here to read the circulation document.

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Council Meeting Highlights, June 6, 2014

Published: 2014-06-22
The Council of the College of Optometrists of Ontario met on June 6, 2014. Here are some highlights: 

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Accessibility Standard for Customer Service

Published: 2014-06-12
Click here to read the document

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Spectacle Therapy Using the Internet – New Guidelines Approved

Published: 2014-06-11
Click here to read the document.

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New Guidelines for Independent Contractors

Published: 2014-06-11
Click here to read the document.

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Council Meeting Highlights, April 7, 2014

Published: 2014-04-14
The College Council met at the new College office on Monday, April 7, 2014. Here are some highlights:

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In Focus, Spring 2014

Published: 2014-03-28
The latest issue of our newsletter is now available.

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New Professional Misconduct Regulation

Published: 2014-03-03
On April 15, 2014, the new Professional Misconduct Regulation, including modernized conflict-of-interest provisions, came into force. The College has prepared guidelines to assist members in their review and understanding of the updated regulation.

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New Professional Misconduct Regulation, Including Conflict-of-Interest Provisions, Effective April 15 2014

Published: 2014-02-19
Special Announcement

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College’s new address effective February 24th

Published: 2014-02-05
The College of Optometrists of Ontario is on the move. Effective Monday, February 24, 2014, the College’s new address is:
65 St. Clair Ave. E., Suite 900, Toronto, Ontario M4T 2Y3

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Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Social Media by Optometrists

Published: 2014-02-03
With the advent of social media, optometrists have many new means of communicating with their patients and the public.There are many examples of social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linkedin, blogging sites, etc.

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Partnership in Vision Care

Published: 2014-02-03
The College of Optometrists of Ontario believes that you and your optometrist should work together in order to maintain your optimum eye care.

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Council Meeting Highlights, January 17, 2014

Published: 2014-01-31
The College Council met on Friday, January 17, 2014. Here are some highlights: 

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Pause Before You Post: Social Media Awareness for Regulated Healthcare Professionals

Published: 2013-12-05
The College of Optometrists of Ontario is pleased to present the following e-learning module:

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A scary fact: Halloween contact lenses can lead to irreversible vision loss

Published: 2013-10-25

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New Partnership in Vision Care document approved

Published: 2013-10-20
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New Social Media Guidelines approved

Published: 2013-09-20
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College of Optometrists of Ontario successfully obtains court order prohibiting illegal practice in Vaughan

Published: 2013-08-06
The College of Optometrists of Ontario successfully obtained an injunction on May 30 2013 prohibiting Tony Frisoli,

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Updated OPR and Anti-Discrimination Policy Guidelines in Effect

Published: 2013-05-03
The College has updated several documents in the Optometric Practice Reference (OPR).

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Election of 2013 Council Officers

Published: 2013-02-26
The following officers were elected at the January 14, 2013 Council meeting:

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Circulation Documents: Proposed Additions to Drug List

Published: 2013-02-01
Click here to read the document

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New College Fees on Nov 1st, 2012

Published: 2012-10-14
New College fees come into effect on Nov. 1, 2012, and can be found here.

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Press release: new Registration Regulation

Published: 2012-09-17
Here is a press release associated with the College’s new registration regulation which came into effect on Sept. 14, 2012.

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College’s response to IOBP Review

Published: 2012-07-31
Letter to Drs Turnour and Spafford, IOBP Review

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Press Release: College Responds to Marketplace Investigation

Published: 2012-02-24
Responds to Marketplace Investigation on Eyewear Sector 

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TPA Policy: New Information and Course Availability

Published: 2012-02-22
Below is the College’s Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents Policy: Educational Requirements for Members to Prescribe Drugs (TPA Education Policy)

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Circulation of Proposed By-Laws

Published: 2012-01-26
Click here to read the document

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Proposed Amendments to Existing Registration Regulation

Published: 2012-01-19
Circulation Memo
Feedback Form

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Registration Regulation Proposed Amendments

Published: 2011-05-18
In October 2010, the College circulated a proposed Registration Regulation to members and other stakeholders for feedback.

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New Registration Policies

Published: 2011-05-16
The College has submitted a proposed Registration Regulation to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).

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Designated Drugs Regulation

Published: 2011-04-06
The regulation that designates the drugs that optometrists are authorized to prescribe has been approved by an Order in Council of the Government of Ontario.

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Proposed Professional Misconduct & Conflict of Interest Regulation with Explanation for Amendments

Published: 2011-02-24
The proposed regulation will replace any previously circulated document and contains some significant changes.

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Appointment of Interim Registrar

Published: 2010-11-15
Memorandum

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Bergez Sentencing Announced

Published: 2010-10-01
The Honourable Mr. Justice J. Turnbull of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario announced his decision today with respect to penalty in the Great Glasses case.

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College Registrar speaks out against ‘circle’ lenses trend and online dispensing

Published: 2010-07-13
On July 13, 2010, the Toronto Sun published an op ed piece by the College Registrar speaking out against the current trend for teenage girls to use ‘circle’ lenses

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College in Court with a Motion to close Great Glasses stores across Ontario

Published: 2010-06-30
July 5, 2010 – Lawyers for the College of Optometrists of Ontario were back in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice arguing a motion to close the Great Glasses stores across Ontario.

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College suggests Tips for Improving Cross Cultural Communication

Published: 2010-05-07
Click here to read the document

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College responds to HPRAC Review

Published: 2010-01-28
The Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council is reviewing inter-professional collaboration among health professions in the eye care sector in order to

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Pandemic Advisory: Pandemic Planning for Optometrists

Published: 2009-11-15
The College of Optometrist of Ontario is committed to assisting members to care for their patients and themselves in the event of a pandemic.

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