MONTREAL, Feb. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Supreme Court of Canada decided
today to dismiss the application for leave to appeal brought by the Ordre des
opticiens d'ordonnances du Québec in the matter of the Guide de pratique en
lentilles cornéennes. In deciding not to hear the appeal, the Supreme Court
did not rule on the merits of the case but has simply decided that there is no
need for it to examine the matter at this moment in time. "It must be
understood that only about 5% of all non criminal leave applications are
granted by the Supreme Court", declared Ms. Linda Samson, president of the
Ordre des opticiens d'ordonnances du Québec.
The dismissal of the application for leave to appeal by the Supreme Court
renders final a decision concerning the validity of certain provisions of the
Opticians' Guide de pratique en lentilles cornéennes dealing primarily with
the meticulous observation of external eye tissues during the fitting and
adjustment of contact lenses. "While the Ordre des optométristes du Québec is
understandably disappointed, we will always abide by the decisions of the
courts", added Ms. Samson.
Accordingly, the Ordre des opticiens d'ordonnances du Québec is today
transmitting to all its members a notice advising them that the provisions of
the Guide at issue have been replaced by new clauses that are in line with the
court decisions. "In no way do these developments affect the right of
opticians, recognized by law, to fit and adjust contact lenses in the exercise
of their profession", explained Ms. Samson.
About the Ordre des opticiens d'ordonnances du Québec
The Ordre des opticiens d'ordonnances du Québec is a professional
association of practitioners regulated by the Code des professions. Its
mission is to ensure and promote professional excellence through continued
training and the support of professionals offering optimal solutions in eye
and vision (oculo-visual) products. In discharging its mission, the Ordre
meets its obligation to protect the public. The Ordre has more than 1,300
optician members throughout all regions of Quebec.
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