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.

Experience Counts!    click to see A History of Our First 50 Years.

There is only one Connecticut Opticians Association. Don't be confused with another 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!



State of CT Department of Public Health – Public Health Services

Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 7O on March 27, 2020, which authorized the Department of Public Health commissioner to suspend license renewal and inspection requirements during the COVID-19 civil preparedness emergency.   

The DPH commissioner issued an order on March 30, 2020, suspending the requirements for license renewal which became effective immediately and will continue through the duration of the COVID-19 civil preparedness emergency. 

If a license was active on or after March 30, 2020, the license will not expire during the COVID-19 civil preparedness emergency.

Licensees will be able to renew the license at any time now and during the six-month period following the date of the resumption of the renewal requirements.

DPH will continue to send you renewal notices periodically that will allow you to renew your license should you choose not to at this time. 

When the time comes for renewal, licensees will be responsible for paying all back fees due

COVID 19 UPDATES  (May 09, 2020)

Be sure to check COA News for updates pertaining to the Corona virus (COVID-19) and its impact on CT Opticianry