The University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science is amongst the top optometry schools in the world, according to one of the field’s top scientific journals.

These rankings were published in Clinical and Experimental Optometry, naming Waterloo 5th overall, out of the 245 optometry schools in the world.

The listing also leaves Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science as #1 in Canada, and #3 of optometry schools in North America.

“We are delighted to see the School of Optometry & Vision Science recognized for our passion and innovation in the field,” says Stan Woo, Director of the School of Optometry and Vision Science. “The depth and breadth of work we undertake together continues to uncover new questions and opportunities to make a positive, global impact.”

The main focus of these rankings was on quantifiable research excellence. By comparing the research at each optometry school using both quality and quantity of scientific papers published, each school was ranked by their overall research impact.

Stan WooStan Woo, Director of the School of Optometry and Vision Science


The University of Waterloo is proud to be recognized internationally for optometry and vision science research particularly as we commit to innovative global partnerships including the Centre for Eye and Vision Research in Hong Kong, the world’s first international research hub for vision science.

The World Health Organization has indicated that eye and vision care is facing a worldwide public health crisis, and Canada is no exception. Waterloo’s vision researchers are committed to working towards solutions for some of the biggest challenges facing people who live with vision loss.

Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science is a global innovator in optometric education, vision research, education, and patient-centred collaborative care. Since 1967, Waterloo has trained the next generation of optometrists at the highest scope of practice in North America for primary and specialty eye and vision care, and work in communities around the world.