HOW TO WORK AS OPTOMETRIST HERE IN CANADA?

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LEVY in Saint Albert, Alberta

86 months ago

i have been worked as optometrist in the philippines for almost 10 years,now im here in canada and i want to practice my profession as optometrist,do i need to attend some class just to upgrade my profession? where? and what is the requirements that i need to be optometrist here in canada..

thank you very much

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Lora in Warman, Saskatchewan

78 months ago

I need to know how much are they paying for OPTOM assistant in Canada whilst u waiting for the exams

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LEVY in Edmonton, Alberta

74 months ago

Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba said: Yes it is. we are growing.

DrK

Hi Dr. Kashin,
How are you? Maybe you can help me too ...Can I work with you as Assistant Optometrist? Where did you practice your profession? I hope you dont mind if I ask you...Do you know any optical shop here in Edmonton whose hiring an Assistant Optometrist?

Thank you very much...

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Shuva Bose in Brisbane, Australia

69 months ago

Hi Dr K,
My name is Shuva Bose and I am an optometrist in Brisbane, Australia. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2006 and am currently completing the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics which will enable me full rights of prescription for topical medications. Since graduating I have worked as a clinical optometrist in retail settings and rural settings and am currently working as a consultant optometrist at a private ophthalmological practice. I am keen for a trip to Canada to work as an optometrist. Given my current qualifications and work experience, would you be able to please tell me what additional procedures I will have to undergo to attain a practicing licence. I believe the Optometrists Association of Australia is currently in the process of organising mutual recognition for the Australian optometry qualification in Canada which should be finalised following commencement of national registration next year. What is your knowledge regarding this issue and do you know how the procedure will be altered then?
Eagerly awaiting your reply.
Thank you in advance.
Shuva

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Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

68 months ago

You could probably work for an ophthalmologist as an ophthalmic tech. There is something here called certified ophthalmic technician (COMT)that requires a course of study but you should be able to pass it. Same for Optometric Technician. You may get paid more if you have the certificate as opposed to just working with your your current credentials.

DrK

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gj in Ahmadabad, India

68 months ago

hello sir,
i am fresher B.Optometry student from india.i am wishing to join waterloo IOBP prog....can't i join it without any work experience?..bcoz it is required 2 yrs of experience?i did one year internship and more than 50 camps during my internships..will it help?

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Pat in Sydney, Australia

68 months ago

Hi there!
I am an Optometrist trained and registered in NSW Australia. I have been investigating Canadian immigration for some years now. I have the advice of an immigration lawyer who has told me that I need a firm job offer from Canada and then I will be able to get a permanent residency visa.
My experience is very exptensive over my 29 years - including clinical supervision at UNSW and business management.
I understand how IOBP works and the licensing process can be undertaken 'after' the visa is granted. It appears that it may be the cart, rather than the horse!
So....does anyone out there know of any companies or individuals who sponsor Optometrists or, alternatively, assistants/techs so that a visa can be obtained and the Optom registration undertaken?
Kind regards,
Pat

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Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

68 months ago

You should contact the IOBP directly. They will assess you to see how qualified you are.

Regards,
Drk

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68 months ago

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Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

68 months ago

Syed,

You can find out about getting into Canada to practice at the Canadian Assoc. of Optometrists website www.opto.ca. Look for information on the IOBP. (international Optometric bridging program).
Hope this helps.

Drk

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Dr Mazen in Montreal, Quebec

67 months ago

Hi
I think this site can help you.
OPHTHALMIC ASSISTANT (DISTANCE)

www.nait.ca/program_home_32109.htm

regards

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prospective optometry student in Mississauga, Ontario

67 months ago

Hi,

I'm currently studying at University of Toronto, and I'm thinking of going to Australia or the U.K. to study Optometry. From my research it appears that these international schools only offer a Bachelor of Optometry (and Masters) instead of O.D.. Would that pose a problem if I wish to come back to Toronto to practice?
Also, I've contacted Waterloo to ask questions about the bridging program. They told me that it doesn't matter which university I attend, they only assess you based on individual knowledge and it's through the assessment will they put you in the correct bridging program. Can you give me any insight as to what is necessary to be accepted into the bridging program? Is it difficult to be accepted? What are potential problems I may face coming back to Canada?

Lastly, does anybody know which international schools are the best and most reputable in Canada?

I'm so sorry for the lengthy questions. It's really difficult to find international
optometry students.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

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Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

67 months ago

It is difficult to get back into Canada from those places. It is best to go to Optom school in Canada or US if you are planning to practice in Canada or US. Aussie, HK and UK grads have to go through the bridging program to practice in Canada, and that can take one to four years depending on how you do on the bridging assessment.
Save yourself time and probably money (if you factor in lost income by a delayed licencing process) by going to school in North America.

DrK

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prospective optometry student in Mississauga, Ontario

66 months ago

Thanks for all the replies!

Pat: let me know how the bridging program goes for you.

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syed akram in Bangalore, India

66 months ago

thanks mr.pat

its really nice to get ur reply explaining abt how to get in the job in canada.pls be in touch for further any needs from my side.

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Dr.Ashok in Jaipur, India

66 months ago

Hi,
I am an Ophthalmologist, 49 yrs, with a vast and high volume clinical experience. I want to settle in canada, work in Ophthalmology and not do surgeries. Can doing the IOBP serve the purpose? Will it be better than going through the MCC and MCCQE exams etc?

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Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

65 months ago

chitranshu k in Agra, India said: Dear Dr.Kashin,
I am chitranshu K from india and i have completed my diploma in optometry last year. I have a good experience in eye testing. Also i have 1 year experience. Can i work in canada. if yes then pls reply me how? email:- chitranshu_07@yahoo.com
i am waiting for your response.

regards,
chitranshu k varshney

You cannot without applying to have your competance assessed and pass the bridging program and the boards after that. See other posts for further answers.

Drk

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Javier Conesa Sevilla in Caracas, Venezuela

64 months ago

Dear Dr.Kashin.
I`ve been working as a Optometrist since I graduated min Venezuela 25 years ago.
Iam running my own office in Puerto La Cruz Venezuela, for more of 16 years.
I would like from you some wods about the posibility osf going to practice in Calgary, where I have two doughters .
Thanks you for your advices.

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Levy in Edmonton, Alberta

62 months ago

Hi Dr. Kashin, its been a long time since the last time that we chatted. I did not attend to IOBP for personal reason, I am so disappointed these past few days, i tried to submit some applications here in Alberta in the optometry field for any kind of jobs related to my profession but i just found out that i cant work as Optician or eyeglass dispensing they said i need to study again and challenges the test and even as contact lens technician last time that we talked i just asked about asst.opto i thought it is easy to find some job as asst opto but unfortunately they just need Licensed Optician so to be able for me to work as Optician I need to attend 2yrs studying as optician and for contact lens optician another 2yrs. Now my question is do you know somebody here in Edmonton who can give me a career opportunity in the field of of Optometry?Pls do help me....and maybe you can help Rose too she's from your place..we have the same concerns.. or maybe Dr.Kashin i can work with you in your optical hehehe but seriously if you have friend or know somebody here in Edmonton that they can give me a chance to work with them pls let me know and can you be my reference to them,? i am really upset and im loosing hope....
pls... pls help me...Thank you very much..
Regards,
Levy

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Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

62 months ago

Hi Levy,

I am currently unaware of any job opprotunities in Edmonton for Optometric tech. you would have to send out a resume or letter to all the optometrist offices in the area to see if they could use someone with your experience and talent.
As for practicing, I cannot speak to the regulations of Opticians. As for Optometrists, the only way to practice is to go through the bridging program (IOBP). It is unfortunate that jobs are scarce right now. You really should contact the Alberta Assoc. of Optometrists to see if there are any job postings or if they know of any? Some LASIK surgery centres have hired foreign trained optometrists to do pre and post exams. Try lasik MD or even some ophthalmology offices. You could work as a ophthalmic tech.

Good luck,

Dr.Kashin
kogeyecare.com

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Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

62 months ago

hi.
sorry it took a while to respond. Moving to Canada from Venezuela to practice would require you to go through the bridging program (IOBP)to get assessed. Every foreign grad goes through this.
DrKashin
kogeyecare.com

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Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

62 months ago

chitranshu k in Agra, India said: Dear Dr.Kashin,
I am chitranshu K from india and i have completed my diploma in optometry last year. I have a good experience in eye testing. Also i have 1 year experience. Can i work in canada. if yes then pls reply me how? email:- chitranshu_07@yahoo.com
i am waiting for your response.

regards,
chitranshu k varshney

check out the bridging program or other info at www.opto.ca the canadian optometric website.

drkashin

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Rose of Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Manitoba

62 months ago

Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba said: Hi Rose,
In order to practice you have to do the bridging Program (IOBP). As for jobs, as I mentioned to Levy, you should try a LASIK centre or Ophthalmologist office to work as a ophthalmic tech until you get your licence. It's a long haul to get the licence, but its worth it!

Dr.Kashin
kogeyecare.com

Dr. Kashin,

Thanks for the quick response to my query, that's very helpful. I'm just wondering if you have an opening in your clinic that I could fill in, as an Optometrist Assistant. If there's available, pls. let me know through my email, mdeocampo_06@yahoo.com. I'll be happy to be part of your company.

Thanks again.

Rose

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benjie in Markham, Ontario

62 months ago

Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba said: Hi Zubin,
I have an opportunity. When Are you planning to move to Canada?

Dr.K

Hi Dr. Kashin, I too am in the same boat as Zubin. Finished the IOBP and the CSAO. Now, am finding it hard to find a job offer. I'm here on an extended student visa. I'm wondering what I can do? Thanks!

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DrK in Winnipeg, Manitoba

62 months ago

Hi Benjie,

Well, the best places to find work would be in rural locations in northern ontario. You could move to Manitoba and work here now.
You have to know what you are looking for, private practice or corporate and how much you want to earn? Need a job?

drk

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DrK in Winnipeg, Manitoba

62 months ago

Come to Winnipeg!

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benjie in Markham, Ontario

62 months ago

DrK in Winnipeg, Manitoba said: Come to Winnipeg!

Hi Dr. Kashin. I'm actually considering Manitoba. It's just that I took a chance and will take the Ontario Jurisprudence this Feb. 2. I have no problem writing the Jurisprudence either. I also communicated with Manitoba Association of optometrists, they said I could take the Manitoba Jurisprudence anytime unlike here in Ontario which you have to wait for a schedule. I can send you my resume for now if you want to take a look at it. My email address is benjie_liao@yahoo.com. Thanks you Doctor.

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steph in Manila, Philippines

62 months ago

hi, i am an optometrist here in the Philippines, currently working in one of the biggest eye center here.. i also passed and topped the Optometric licensure exam in the country. I am planning to migrate and work in Canada. Are there any job opportunities for me? pls reply thanks

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benjie in Markham, Ontario

62 months ago

steph in Manila, Philippines said: hi, i am an optometrist here in the Philippines, currently working in one of the biggest eye center here.. i also passed and topped the Optometric licensure exam in the country. I am planning to migrate and work in Canada. Are there any job opportunities for me? pls reply thanks

Hi Steph! anong batch mo? pwede kaya to? ha ha! tagalog! anyway, to be courteous, we have to do this in english. which eye center are you working for? just curious! You have 2 options, migrate first then take the IOBP or the other way around. Both have pros and cons. But surely, to be an opto here, you will have to go through IOBP. The good thing if you land here as an immigrant, you can apply for any job you want. As for me, I took the other route. Hope this helps...

Benjie

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steph in Manila, Philippines

62 months ago

hi.. are u benjie liao? can i take the IOBP first before going there?

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benjie in Markham, Ontario

62 months ago

Hi steph! Yes I am. I have a few Stephanie in mind but I don't know which one you are. Anyway, to briefly answer your question, Yes. You can do the IOBP things first before you immigrate. You just need a valid visa to come here and take the IOBP. Again, there are the pros and cons. You can email me if you need more insight. I'll be glad to help you in as far as my experience in the applications. That's benjie_liao@yahoo.com. Good morning there!
Benjie

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MALLE UPENDER REDDY in hyderabad, India

62 months ago

HI .....
ZUBAIN HRU I HAVE JUST READ YOUR QUESTIONS TOWARDS JOB IN CANADA.
I MYSELF DOING MY B.OPT NOW IN INDIA SO ME TOO IN HUNT OF JOB IN CANADA WIT YOU THANKS FOR YOUR QUESTIONS AS MY HEART IS STRIKING FOR THE SAME QUESTIONS SINCE MY COURSE JOIN

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Zubin in Ottawa, Ontario

62 months ago

Dear Upender,
Before thinking of working as an Optometrist in Canada, you must think of getting your credentials assessed. There are many hurdles. for more info visit :www.optometry.uwaterloo.ca/

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vivek singh in Manama, Bahrain

61 months ago

Dr. MacDonnell in Corner Brook, Newfoundland said: Hi everyone,

I came across this thread and noticed a number of people interested in working in Canada as an Optometrist once they have completed the necessary bridging program and CSAO. If anyone is interested in employment in Newfoundland, Canada please contact me at dlmacdonnell@hotmail.com . I am looking for a full time associate.

Thanks.

sir i am working as a optometrist in bahrain i have both licenced india and bahrain i am interested to work with u if possible

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Salah in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

60 months ago

Dr.Kashin,

I'm Optometrist working in this field since 1997 and
planning to immigrate to Canada what is my chance to work there as an optometrist for Diploma in Optometry for 3 years from Jordan,in meanwhile i sent my CV for International Optometric Bridging Program in Waterloo university but they said it's not possible for bridging. can you show me the path to the right way.. need your advice .

Thanks

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Dr Kashin in Mitchell, South Dakota

59 months ago

If you do not qualify for the bridging program then you would have to go back to school. try the CAO website opto.ca,

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tay in Winnipeg, Manitoba

59 months ago

interesting..

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Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

59 months ago

Tay in winnipeg.....Where do you work?

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tay in Winnipeg, Manitoba

59 months ago

Dr. Kashin, I graduated BS Doctor of Optometry back in Manila, Philippines, and my family and I are based here in Winnipeg, and I'm finding it very hard to look for a job related to that profession, can you give me details on what work should i be applying for and where, though I did'nt take my licence back in Philippines I worked there for a company as their Optometrist for lots of years, I need to work and I don't know where, but I'm willing to go back to school when I have my finances ready. thank you and more power for your company.

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pooja anand in New Delhi, India

59 months ago

Hi,
i am working an clinical optometrist.
with 7 years experience
i have completed B.sc in optometry and clinical optometry fellowship.

i am interested to migrate in canada
i do not want to appear for bridging course or license exam
can i work without the above
or i have to choose either path

kindly guide me for this

pooja

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Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

59 months ago

To practice in Canada, you would have to apply to have your credentials checked. Check the canadian optometric website
opto.ca for info.
If you do not go that path, you would be limited to working as a tech for an ophthalmologist or optometrist and could work at a private office under a licenced professional. Some Laser centers have hired foreign trained optometrist to do tech work or pre-lasik assessments.

Drk

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Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

59 months ago

See previous replies. You may have the skill, but you need the licence. Until then, you should try for a job with as a tech. In Manitoba, certain Optometric activities are restricted to licenced individuals and cannot be delegated.
Drk

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John in Surrey, British Columbia

59 months ago

Dr. Kashin, I have a couple of questions regarding the new regulations in BC. I understand your practice is located in Winnipeg, but I would still like to hear your opinion on the matter. Can you please provide an email address so I can contact you?

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pooja anand in New Delhi, India

59 months ago

dear dr kashin

thank u for ur guidance.Could u help me out to provide some reference address where i can work as an optometrist assistant and what will be my job profile in that job.

thanks again
pooja

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heera in Guntur, India

59 months ago

Hi,
I did my Diploma in Optometry in INDIA at LVPEI, I have been working as an opththalmic technician since 3years . I would like to work in canada. If am i eligible to it.. please tell me What should i do to accomplish my desire,If need to write any exam please tell about it and the fee details.

My E:mail ID:heeralalshaik@gmail.com

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Dr.Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

59 months ago

Chandrachur Ghosh in Mumbai, India said: To,

Dr.Kashin
Senior Optometrist
KOG Eye Care
Canada

Respected Sir,

I, Chandrachur Ghosh, have completed my B. Optometry from the college-‘Techno India (Salt Lake Branch)under the University of W.B.U.T(West Bengal University of Technology)’ –June 2008, and Internship from ‘Eye Microsurgery & Laser Centre, Chinsura-West Bengal’ under the esteemed guidance of Dr. Arup Kumar Bose.
I, have completed the Indian Contact Lens Educational Programme from L.V.Prasad Eye Institute-Hyderabad in December-2008.
Now, I am a Permanent Optometrist in Optical Retails of Carl-Zeiss and GKB Optolab Joint Venture Company in Mumbai, since 01.07.2009 to till now.
I was a Permanent Optometrist in a Optical named Opticraft, at Rabindra Sadan-Kolkata,from 26.12.2008 to 26.06.2009.
Now, I am looking for a good opportunity and hereby searching a job(in Optometry) in Canada.
Given a chance I will prove myself and will try my level best to satisfy your expectations.

With due regards,

Chandrachur Ghosh

Hi

To work in Canada as an Optometrist, you will have to write the license exam and be assessed in the bridging program. see the webiste of the national association: www.opto.ca

regards,

DrK

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kovid sharma in Mississauga, Ontario

58 months ago

Hello Dr. Kashin,
I am a Canadian citizen and have finished my Bsc from university of toronto. I am planning to go to india to get a degree in Opt and then come back to Canada and go through the bridging program. However, reading all these posts here, I am hesitating to go to india since its tough to get back into canadian system. My questions is that will I be better off in anyway as compared to people to people who are not from canada in terms of getting jobs later on.
Thanks
kovid

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Dr Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

58 months ago

It would be best for you to apply to waterloo or one of the US schools. Going to India for school, then applying for the bridging program, then going thru it then writng boards could be a long process. You will be better off paying more for the schooling and making it back when you get out. As for ease of getting a job, I do not uderstand. It should be easy for anyone licensed to get a job! If you are referring to work papers and sponsorship, then maybe.

regards,

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Dr Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

58 months ago

John in Surrey, British Columbia said: Dr. Kashin, I have a couple of questions regarding the new regulations in BC. I understand your practice is located in Winnipeg, but I would still like to hear your opinion on the matter. Can you please provide an email address so I can contact you?

What are your concerns about the new regulations? Check out www.opto.ca for details.
drk

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Dr Kashin in Winnipeg, Manitoba

58 months ago

pooja anand in New Delhi, India said: dear dr kashin

thank u for ur guidance.Could u help me out to provide some reference address where i can work as an optometrist assistant and what will be my job profile in that job.

thanks again
pooja

you will have to check out opportunities at the CAO website. Look for para-optometric. www.opto.ca

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