Created as the standard for industrial vision care, this program is offered
jointly by the New Brunswick Association of Optometrists (NBAO), the Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists (NSAO), the Prince
Edward Island Association of Optometrists (PEIAO), and the Newfoundland &
Labrador Association of Optometrists (NAO). Eliminating many of the problems associated with other eye safety programs,
the OVC program is designed to meet the increasing vision care needs of modern industry. This program is available to any
employer in the Atlantic provinces on a contract basis.
The OVC program has two primary objectives. The first is to provide comprehensive
vision care. This ensures the worker's visual abilities are equal to the requirements that his/her occupation demand, thereby
eliminating those accidents caused by insufficient abilities or fatigue from excessive visual demands.
The second objective is to ensure the provision of the correct safety eyewear,
verified for accuracy, and individually fitted and adjusted to the worker. This reduces eye accidents and complaints associated
with incorrect or ill-fitting safety glasses, thereby improving worker compliance with employer safety practices.
Optometry is the only vision care profession with the ability to perform
the visual diagnosis, prescribe lenses, and design, verify and fit spectacles to meet the functional requirements of the workplace.
It's the simple concept of one-stop shopping.
• Professional Services: Employers are able to utilize
the full scope (ie. examination and dispensing) of services of their local optometrists
• Accessibility: Optometrists are located throughout the Atlantic
provinces, and are much more regionally distributed than retail opticals.
• Accountability: The optometrist is accountable for the
total service when they provide both examination and dispensing services.
• Choice: The employee's freedom to choose the eye care
practitioner of his/her choice is maintained.
• Ease of administration: The NBAO handles complete administration
of the program, which reduces costs and simplifies procedures for client-companies.
• Cost effectiveness: The Occupational Vision Care Program
(OVC) is cost effective as compared to safety eyeglass programs available through retail chains or outlets.
• Time savings: The worker is only away from work for
two visits (ie.  eye exam plus frame selection;  final dispensing) versus three visits necessary for retail chain programs
(ie.  eye exam;  frame selection at the optical outlet;  final dispensing).
• No hidden costs: The total cost of safety glasses is
based on the manufacturer's wholesale cost of frames and lenses, plus a reduced professional fee paid to the optometrist.
The administration fee paid to the NBAO is based on 10% of wholesale material costs and professional fees.
• Conformance to CSA standards: Frames used in the OVC
program have been independently tested to ensure they conform to the specifications as mandated in the CSA standards.
• Access to advice: The OVC Committee members are familiar
with all aspects of vision.
The OVC program is the only one that provides a complete package - examination
and dispensing services, optical materials, and administration - by a single group. We are dedicated to providing a quality
service while controlling your costs.
For more information please contact us.