Optometrists are dedicated to helping people preserve and enhance their vision as well as their overall health. After three or more years of university science, you may apply to Canada’s only optometry program taught in English.

You'll be exposed to all aspects of primary vision care, including ocular health, contact lenses, sports vision,  low vision, and electrodiagnostics.

By providing services to patients in our own Optometry Clinic, in external clinics, and in private practice, you'll gain a wealth of practical experience. Your professors and mentors are some of the world's leading authorities on vision science and optometry.

The professional Doctor of Optometry program is four years in length, not including the minimum three years of university studies needed prior to entry.

An optometrist doing an eye exam.

About the program

  • Requires previous university study
  • Offered by the School of Optometry and Vision Science within the Faculty of Science
  • Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Honours Science provide the fastest route into the Doctor of Optometry program

Admission requirements




First-year courses

September to December

January to April


What other courses will you take?

Recent graduates

  • Optometrist, St. Lawrence Vision Centre
  • Optometrist, Smith Falls Optometric Centre
  • Optometrist, Orangeville Optometric Centre
  • Optometrist, Hakim Optical
  • Optometrist, Family Eye Care
  • Optometrist, Saugeen Shores Family Eye Care
  • Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
  • Clinical Supervisor, University of Waterloo

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