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October 10th 2014 

Paul Johnson, Assistant Registrar appeared on CTV Regina morning show to educate the public about the importance of contacting a licensed professional when buying cosmetic contact lenses. Click here to watch the video. 




February 20th 2014

Her Majesty the Queen vs Costume Emporium

On February 20th., 2014, members of the legislative group appeared in Provincial Court in Regina, Saskatchewan to argue charges laid against Costume Emporium for illegally dispensing contact lenses. Costume Emporium was convicted and a fined  levied for $1000 for a first offence, as a message to others illegally  dispensing, that the court views the illegal dispensing of contacts as a serious matter.


The ruling also clarified our legislation and supported the colleges position that all contacts whether or not containing a prescription fall under the provisions of the Opticians Act and must therefore be dispensed by a qualified trained and licensed individual. The SCO took the Judges ruling one step further by amending the regulations to clarify even further that the dispensing of contact lenses of any kind are regulated by the college.   





The Saskatchewan College of Opticians is an important part of the Saskatchewan Health Care circle of organizations. Being a College gives our members the professional respect they deserve. These changes will give us a much stronger and respected voice when dealing with government, and other organizations. As a College, our main focus will continue to be protecting the public interest. We will do this by ensuring that our membership abides by the Act, Bylaws and Standards of Practice and by continuing to ensure that our membership is properly educated.  

Our Act is available on line at 

http://www.qp.gov.sk.ca/documents/English/Statutes/Statutes/O5-1.pdf

Our Bylaws are available at

http://www.qp.gov.sk.ca/documents/gazette/part1/2011/G1201120.pdf

Amendments to our Bylaws can be found at

http://www.qp.gov.sk.ca/documents/gazette/part1/2013/G1201336.pdf

 

Announcements

Announcement - New President View Full Story Minimize
October 09, 2014 |
We would like to announce that Deanne Oleksyn has been appointed President of the Saskatchewan College of Opticians. We would like to announce that Deanne Oleksyn has been appointed President of the Saskatchewan College of Opticians. Deanne has been a Licensed Optician since 1996 and works at the Tisdale Eye Care Centre. Deanne also holds the position of Vice Chair of NACOR. Deanne can be reached at (306) 873 7562 or by email at md.oleksyn@sasktel.net. We wish Deanne every success in her new role.


Illegal Dispensing of Contact Lenses View Full Story Minimize
August 19, 2014 |
This morning the Saskatchewan College of Opticians will continue its fight against the illegal dispensing of contact lenses by filing charges against another illegal dispenser which, will be followed shortly by other charges being filed throughout the province. This morning the Saskatchewan College of Opticians will continue its fight against the illegal dispensing of contact lenses by filing charges against another illegal dispenser which, will be followed shortly by other charges being filed throughout the province. The possibility of injury through improper fitting and hygiene is high, as was evidenced by a study undertaken by our optometry colleagues not long ago. As a result, the SCO is doing everything it can to put a stop to the illegal dispensing of contacts. To assist the college in this endeavour, the college would appreciate it if anyone that comes across someone illegal dispensing would advise the college. We thank those that have assisted us and notified us in the past. If you need any further information or clarification, please call the SCO office at 306-652-0769.


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