Optical Resources


Canadian Association of Optometry Students (CAOS)

The Canadian Association of Optometry Students was first established in 1990 with several goals: to increase student awareness about current issues and challenges facing the profession of optometry in Canada, to increase public awareness of optometry’s role as the primary vision care provider throughout the community, and to encourage strong communication and involvement between students and their future co-workers, which will provide an enlightened group of future optometrists who will effectively deal with future challenges. CAOS is an international organization with members throughout Canada, the United States, and Puerto Rico.

Buying Groups

The Optical Group

With nearly 600 members, The Optical Group is one of Canada’s largest optical buying groups. We have been proudly supporting Canadian Eyecare Professionals with Integrity since 1988. The Optical Group provides our members personalized customer service and discounts with preferred suppliers on frames, lenses, labs, contact lens and accessories. We offer exclusive premium quality private label lenses and contact lens, monthly promotions, consolidated statements for one monthly payment, business support and knowledge, valuable industry links and seminars.


Digital ECP is a newly launched Canadian-based company specifically created to help independent optical professionals compete in today’s changing marketplace. Industry-wide products and partners, preferred pricing, promotions and digital resources, all designed to grow your business and attract new customers. Shouldn’t digital technology make business easier? We think so too. Digital consulting, organized statements, digitally delivered to your inbox, days and weeks before similar industry services. Not only do we save you time and money, we bring you the power to compete with sophisticated online marketers and chains.


Continuing Education

Academy of Ophthalmic Education (AOE)

Academy of Ophthalmic Education was founded in 1996 and provides high caliber and officially approved continuing education seminars to all eye health professionals. Our faculty includes a host of respected Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Opticians, many of whom teach at schools throughout North America. AOE also plays a major role in organized fundraising events for worthy organizations.


Optician Training

B.C. College of Optics (BCCO)
Consider a career as a dispensing optician & contact lens fitter… in only 6 months of full-time study. For the past 30 years, B.C. College of Optics (BCCO) has been training energetic and motivated students here in B.C. for an entry-level position in this exciting profession. Our accelerated opticianry program incorporates the latest in visual training aids and technological advances, so that BCCO graduates learn all the optical competencies required in both dispensing eyewear and contact lens fitting. Fall and Spring classes are available, and all hands-on practical training is done in-house, under the direct supervision of our experienced BCCO educators. Work in a retail optical, an optometrist office, or you can even start your own optical business. Opticianry… A Career with Vision!