Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Brunswick optometrists are cancelling all routine eye examinations previously booked until further notice.
If you believe that you have an emergency affecting the health of your eyes or your vision, you should contact your optometrist office and leave a message.  Your optometrist will communicate with you regarding your care.  If you are unable to leave a message, you can contact the NB Association of Optometrists at 506-458-8759 for assistance.

Our goal is to help reduce unnecessary visits to the Emergency Departments.


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The New Brunswick Association of Optometrists (NBAO) is the professional association that represents Doctors of Optometry in New Brunswick. This website offers eyecare & eyewear information for patients, as well as providing an online resource for Doctors of Optometry and other health care providers.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) defines an optometrist as "an independent primary health care provider who specializes in the examination, diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of disease and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as the diagnosis of ocular manifestations of systemic conditions.


Optometrist's Responsibilities


As primary eye care providers, an optometrist's main responsibilities are:

  • The examination of the human eye by any method (other than surgery), to diagnose, treat, and/or refer for treatment any abnormal condition of the eye, in cooperation with physicians and other health professionals.
  • The employment of instruments, procedures or agents to measure, examine or diagnose visual defects or abnormal conditions of the eye.
  • The prescribing, fitting and application of glasses, contact lenses or other devices to correct, relieve or treat the eye.
  • The prescription, supervision and management of therapy for the improvement/monitoring of visual health.
    The referral of patients to other health practitioners as required.

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