Welcome to the Connecticut Opticians Association

Since our founding in 1935, the Connecticut Opticians Association has been dedicated to promoting the highest possible standard of honor, integrity, and professionalism for opticianry in the state of Connecticut.  Due to the diligence of our founding members, Connecticut was the first state in the nation to license opticians, and we consider our obligation to the profession and to the patients of Connecticut to be an ongoing process of improvement and maintenance of the highest possible standards.

More than 85 Years - Our Experience Counts!   click to see A History of Our First 50 Years.

There is only one Connecticut Opticians Association. Don't be confused by any other organization in Connecticut using a similar name. 

We hold that opticians and opticianry are a vital part of the health care delivery system, and as a professional organization representing all opticians, no matter who you are, or where you practice, we encourage, provide, and promote standards of optical competence, knowledge and performance through the development of educational programs, training, and credentialing of optical personnel.

We encourage all practicing Connecticut opticians and students of opticianry to join us in our efforts. 
We support you, no matter who you are or where you practice!


BOARD OF EXAMINERS UPDATE - SEPT 20, 2021  (September 20, 2021)

The Board of Examiners for Opticians met by video conference for its regularly scheduled meeting on September 20, 2021. Present were Jenney Rivard, LO and Public Member, Alden Meade, JD.

The agenda included discussion on the reinstatement of the Continuing Education requirements. At this time, while the Governor's emergency Executive Orders are effective, the requirement for credits prior to license renewal are waived. When the governor’s emergency orders are lifted, the Board will be notified when licensed opticians will need to complete the required 7 hours of CECs again.

 The existing waiver for renewing an optician’s license was also discussed. Currently, it is optional for LOs to renew their license. However, when the Executive Orders are lifted, renewals will again be mandatory and the fees will reflect that. In other words, if one does not renew for a year, the next year they must retroactively pay the previous year’s fee for a total payment of $410. So there is no waiver of the fees, just an extension of time to pay it.

Public Act 21-152 was also discussed at the meeting. This new law effective July 1, requires that the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health submit a report to the governor’s office regarding implementing national or 3rd party examinations in lieu of State administered exams. The board again unanimously declared their support of maintaining the current state administered practical exam rather than adopt a virtual exam. It is the opinion of the Board that the virtual exam does not reflect the scope of practice that Connecticut Opticians possess. The Board also maintained their stance that the license should be all encompassing, rather than broken into a two-tier license, separating contact lenses from dispensing.

The Act also requires a report on whether the training requirements to obtain a license should be lessened. The Board strongly and unanimously reiterated that the public health, welfare and safety is best served by maintaining the current high standards of Connecticut Opticians. DPH will relay these positions to the Commissioner for inclusion in her report to the Governor.

We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.

Stay safe.

Jenney T. Rivard, LO, FCLSA
Member, Board of Examiners for Opticians