The Alberta College of Optometrists (ACO) is the regulatory and licensing body for the profession of optometry in Alberta. As such, we are mandated by the Health Professions Act to provide direction and govern our members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest.
The College is also responsible for the establishment, maintenance and enforcement of Standards of Practice, registration requirements, the ACO Continuing Competence Program and the ACO Code of Ethics to ensure that optometrists practice their profession in the best interests of the public.
Optometrists are university-educated, primary health care practitioners who examine, assess, diagnose, prescribe, correct, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the human visual system, the eye and its associated structures. Optometrists are also involved in health-care research, education activities, and the promotion of eye and health safety.