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Safety Eyewear During COVID-19 Closures 

During the closures required by COVID-19 Provincial Directives, some optometry offices may be able to provide new or replacement safety eyewear.

Employees must contact the optometry office before visiting for safety eyewear. No optometry offices are open for walk-in visits.

Lists of practices participating in the OVC safety eyewear program that are currently open for urgent/emergency care can be found at the following links:

View List on Phone 

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View List on Computer 

The above list ("View List on Computer") includes additional details.


Please note these lists are subject to change and some offices listed may not currently be able to provide safety eyewear. If you have questions about where your employees can obtain safety eyewear during this time, contact Gord Doran, Occupational Vision Care Manager, at 204-943-9811 ext. 2.


Click here for a list of Manitoba optometrists participating in the OVC Safety Eyewear program

Click here for the MAO 2019 Safety Frame Catalogue (Updated June 2019)


Eye injuries in the workplace are common, with an estimated 700 Canadian workers per day experiencing an eye injury on the job according to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Eye injuries are also surprisingly common at home, caused by projects and activities such as home repairs, garage accidents, maintenance, cleaning and cooking.

The easiest way to protect your eyes? Wear the proper safety eyewear. The two main reasons workers sustain eye injuries on the job is because they were not wearing eye protection at all, or because they were wearing the wrong kind of eye protection.

MAO Occupational Vision Care (OVC) Program

The OVC program exists to help employers provide prescription safety eyewear to Manitoba workers and to meet the eye protection requirements for the Manitoba workplace. OVC prescription safety eyewear is also available to individuals. To find an optometrist affiliated with the OVC Program, go to Find an Optometrist and filter your search by Safety Eyewear.

Optometrists are the only vision care professional with the ability to perform visual diagnoses, prescribe lenses, verify eyewear safety, and fit eyeglasses to meet the function and safety requirements legislated in the workplace. The OVC program recommends, dispenses, and fits superior quality prescription safety eyewear to Manitoba workers, as well as providing comprehensive eye health and vision examinations.

Employers and Employees and the OVC Program

The OVC program is cost-effective for employers and convenient for employees. Similar programs exist in all Canadian provinces. The goal of the OVC program is to preserve vision, eliminate eye injuries, and increase visual performance in the Manitoba workplace.


  • Comprehensive eye exams, fitting, and dispensing of prescription safety eyewear are professionally done at one convenient location.
  • Optometrists are located in communities throughout Manitoba. To find an optometrist in your community, visit Find an Optometrist and filter your search by Safety Eyewear.
  • Agreements can be customized to meet the specific needs of every industrial setting.
  • Central processing streamlines all procedures.

Highest Quality and Standards 

  • Optometrists can perform a complete eye health and vision assessment with special attention to the specific occupational needs of each employee.
  • All materials, including lenses, coatings, and frames, meet or exceed Canadian Safety Standard (CSA) Z94.3

Cost Effectiveness

  • OVC buying power ensures the best value and lowest product prices for your employees and company.
  • More than 22,500 eye related workplace injuries were reported to the Worker's Compensation Board in the last decade. Cost savings are realized to both employer and employee through the reduction and/or elimination of eye injuries with the adoption of the OVC program.

There is no other program offering better value, in as many locations, with the variety of styles and lens choices, by qualified professionals.

For further information on this program, please contact Gordon Doran, Manager of the Occupation Vision Care Program at the Manitoba Association of Optometrists, 204-943-9811,