The Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists (SAO) is the professional organization and regulatory body for Doctors of Optometry in Saskatchewan. Our mission is to foster excellence in the delivery of vision and eye health services in Saskatchewan by providing information, programs, and services that promote and enhance optometry and by licensing and regulating the delivery of optometric care.
SAO Mission Statement
“To promote the highest possible vision care for all people of Saskatchewan.”
SAO Vision Statement
“To improve, enhance, and regulate the provision of optometric care in a collaborative and transparent manner, to the residents of Saskatchewan.”
What is an optometrist?
An optometrist, or doctor of optometry, is an independent primary health care provider who specializes 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 related systemic conditions.
Optometrists understand the importance of vision and eye health at all stages of life, from birth to the golden years. They differ from opticians (who may dispense eyewear) and ophthalmologists (eye surgeons).
How do I become an optometrist?
In order to practice in Canada, you must complete an Optometry Doctorate (OD) from an accredited school of optometry. For more information about optometry as a career, visit https://opto.ca/becoming-a-doctor-of-optometry
To practice optometry in Saskatchewan refer to “Licensing Requirements”
Optometric Students may apply for a Student Membership
For enrolled optometric students wishing to become a student member of the Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists, please complete our Student Membership Registration Form.