What is an Optician?

Opticians are health care professionals who dispense vision appliances such as eyeglasses and contact lenses. Opticians use specialized skills, knowledge, and feedback from you to determine what eyewear might best suit your needs.  

Opticians can provide the following services: 

Opticians can dispense eyeglasses
Some Opticians can fit contact lenses
Some Opticians can sight test

COBC has developed minimum standards that opticians must follow to provide safe, ethical, and competent client care. 

You may meet other eye care professionals throughout your vision care journey, including:


Optometrists are health care professionals trained to assess the eye and visual system. They conduct eye examinations that assess your overall eye health and can diagnose refractive disorders. Optometrists often are the health care professional you will see to obtain your prescription for eyewear. 

They are regulated by the College of Optometrists of B.C 


Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in eye and vision care. They also diagnosis and treatment eye disease as well as provide eye exams, prescribe corrective lenses, prescribe, and administer medication, and perform surgery.

They are regulated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C