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...


Macular degeneration is a common eye disease that affects the retina – the light-sensitive area at the back of the eye responsible for detailed vision. Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss, affecting some 2.5 million Canadians.