Brought to you by Transitions Optical and the Opticians Association of Canada, the Students of Vision Scholarship Program supports the next generation of opticians, optometrists and optometric assistants.


Demonstrate to us how you will address and resolve patients' heightened concerns about increased exposure to harmful UVA, UVB, and blue light in your coming role as an optical professional for a chance to win a $2,500, $1,500 or $500 scholarship! Brought to you by Transitions Optical and the Opticians Association of Canada, the Students of Vision Scholarship Program supports the next generation of opticians, optometrists and optometric assistants.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has altered consumer behaviour in many unforeseen ways – some of which may be permanent. Many people were forced to spend more time indoors than ever before. According to recent studies, 6 in 10 eyeglass wearers reported spending more time on their digital devices and 75% of them have experienced issues as a result, including eye strain, eye fatigue, discomfort looking at bright screens and sleep interruption.

Additionally, about 40% of eyeglass wearers also declared that the pandemic allowed them to spend more time going outdoors in the bright sunshine. Over half of them reported dealing with issues related to sun damage, such as headaches, eye fatigue, and trouble seeing in the bright sun.

To enter, develop a project which shows how you will approach the increased need for light protection to improve and/or protect your patients’ vision and lives. Download the Flyer

Projects must be submitted by November 8, 2021
Winners announced November 15, 2021



Grand prize winner Juan Giraldo put together a rap music video about the benefits of Transitions Lenses and the “digital” future of optometry

For the 2020 scholarship program, student applicants were tasked with envisioning the future of the vision care industry and their coming role in it as an optical professional by crafting a video, presentation or essay entry. Grand prize winner, Juan Giraldo, took the SOV challenge to the next-level by putting together a creative and fun rap video on the “digital” future of optometry. Aliya Shafi, the second-place winner, created a narrated video detailing her approach to addressing the “new normal” in the eyecare field with technology and illustrated other considerations for the future of the industry. Devin Critch, the third-place winner, approached the topic in a unique way by crafting a clever short story about how opticians will use innovations and technologies to improve the optical field in the future.