Welcome to the School of Optometry and Vision Science

Helping people see

The School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo, provides the only English optometric training in Canada leading to an accredited Doctor of Optometry degree. The school also provides a graduate program in Vision Science and Optometry. Extensive clinic programs support practical experience for students and health services for the public. Read more about the School of Optometry...


The Optometry Clinic at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science, in collaboration with Essilor and Modern Optical, conducted an outreach event on August 14, 2023, to provide vision screening and eye examinations for more than 45 children and youth.

After over 38 years with the University of Waterloo, Dr. Marlee Spafford is retiring.

"Marlee has shown passion and dedication to the profession of optometry, the University and all our students for 38 years,” says Dr. Stanley Woo, director of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science. “We will miss her quick humour, calm presence, professionalism and above all, her compassion.”

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Adaptive optics and ocular imaging

Waterloo researcher Jennifer Hunter is using a non-invasive fluorescence imaging tool to investigate ocular diseases and vision loss.

By: School of Optometry and Vision Science