Code of Ethics


It shall be the ideal, the resolve, and the duty of each ordinary member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists:

  • To accept as one's primary concern and responsibility the visual welfare of all patients;
  • To promote in every possible way high standards of vision care for all people;
  • To render optometric services with equal diligence to all patients, regardless of race, creed, or economic status;
  • To consult freely with colleagues and with members of other professions whenever such consultations are in the best interest of the patient;
  • To seek continued growth of skill and knowledge so that the optometrist's patients may receive the full benefit of advances in the art and science of vision care;
  • To share one's professional knowledge concerning one's patients, and to use such information only for the benefit of those patients;
  • To maintain at all times the dignity, honour, and integrity of the profession;
  • To maintain their offices and their practices in keeping with professional standards.
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