Servicing Toronto, Richmond Hill, North York, Thornhill, and surrounding areas.

Whether you’re choosing the most complimentary frame for your features or deciding which new lens design will give you the best vision possible, the experienced and knowledgeable staff at The Eyeglass Factory can assist you

Lorne Kashin, RO Licensed Optician, Registered optician

Lorne Kashin,RO

Owner Lorne Kashin has been a Registered Optician in the province of Ontario since 1975 and opened The Eyeglass Factory in 1977. The success of The Eyeglass Factory is based on continuous learning, quality products, and professional personal service.

Professional Activity

Lorne was president of the Ontario Opticians Association (OOA) from 2001 to 2007, and from 2009 to 2012. Lorne was also president of the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) from 2005 to 2008 and was OAC vice president in 2004 and from 2010 until 2012.  Lorne was the Executive Director of the OOA from 2012 until 2022. Lorne is a member, and has been a board member, of a number of professional associations including The Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA).

During his time with the OOA membership has grown by over 400 hundred percent and the OOA showcase event of the year, Inside Optics, has grown to be the largest opticians event in Canada.

Lorne ia proud recipient of the Opticians Association of Canada’s Wall of Fame that honours the founders and builders of the profession of Opticianry in Canada.


Lorne has given lectures across Canada on advanced practice themes such as refracting, taking pride in the profession, and professionalism. Lorne also has presented workshops on techniques of fitting specialty contact lenses. He has mentored the practical training of many people who are considered some of Ontario?s premier Opticians.

Focus on Children

Lorne’s understanding of children’s vision issues extends beyond that available in the average dispensing practice. Many young clients are referred to him by optometrists, ophthalmologists and childrens hospital clinics. Lorne participated in the Transitions Optical round table Fostering Healthy Sight In Canada: Focus On Children. 

Legislative Experience

Having worked closely on legislative and regulatory matters with the Ministry of Health (MOHLTC), the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC), the College of Opticians of Ontario (COO), the OAC and the Opticians Council of Canada (OCC), Lorne has represented the OAC and has appeared before the House of Commons Health Committee promoting the reclassification of Cosmetic Contact Lenses as Class II medical devices. Lorne is also a former member of the Eye Health Council of Ontario(EHCO).

Mr. Lorne Kashin (Vice-President, Opticians Association of Canada) at the Health Committee

CBC Report On Cosmetic Contact Lenses



“Kashin Brings Passion to Opticianry” Vision Magazine (PDF)

Lorne Kashin Featured Profile- Vision Magazine Sept-Oct 2012 *page 18 (PDF)