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...


PhD student Sharon Qiu aims to improve scleral lenses to better treat patients with corneal irregularities. She was one of just two students from across North America who won the prestigious OD/PhD scholarship from the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Foundation this year. The scholarship was presented at the AAO’s Academy 2023 conference in New Orleans in October.