The optometric profession has long recognized its ethical responsibilities to patients, colleagues, other health care professionals, and the public. The Ontario Association of Optometrists and The Canadian Optometric Association have historically provided statements of ethical aspirations and standards of expected professional behavior. As licensed Doctor's of Optometry we are accountable to not only our patients, but to our regulatory body.
The mission of the profession of Optometry, according to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, "is to fulfill the vision and eye care needs of the public through clinical care, research and education, all of which enhance the quality of life. Doctors of Optometry are independent primary health care providers who specialize in the examination, diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as the diagnosis of the ocular manifestations of systemic conditions."