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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...

Upcoming 50th Anniversary events

Continuing Education – an elevated program providing 18-20 hours of credits. Registration is now open, and our full program (PDF) is available here. Our Optometric Assistant and staff schedule of events (PDF) is also now available.

Alumni of Honour Awards – The winners have been announced!

Weekend highlightsevent and registration information.

  1. Aug. 18, 2017Optometry professor has safe eclipse viewing and filming adviceDr. Ralph Chou sets up one of his eclipse filming cameras

    On Monday, August 21, the U.S. will see its first full solar eclipse spanning from coast to coast in 99 years, and the Optometric community has been actively working to raise awareness about the potential retinal damage that can happen without using safe techniques to view and photograph the eclipse.

  2. July 17, 201750th anniversary Distinguished Alumni of Honour Award recipients announced

    On Friday, June 29th during the 2017 CAO Congress, the School of Optometry & Vision Science was pleased to announce the recipients of the 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni of Honour Awards in front of over 500 practitioners from across the country.

    Read more about the recipients here...

  3. July 14, 2017Working together to develop the School's Vision2022 strategic plan

    The Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science (WOVS) reached an important milestone in its Vision2022 strategic planning exercise. On Wednesday, July 12, a Strategic Planning Workshop was held at the St. George Hall Conference and Events Centre, in Waterloo, which was attended by 35 invited faculty, staff and students from the School and Faculty of Science.

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  1. Sep. 5 to 9, 2017Welcome Week 2017

    Welcome Week for all optometry students

    Welcome to our new first year students, and to all those coming back after summer vacation!

  2. Sep. 22 to 24, 2017The School is Turning 50!

    Please save the date and plan on joining us for a weekend celebration!

    The weekend events will include:

    CE – to feature some outstanding speakers

    Alumni Skit Night competition – Get your team together now and sign up to participate.

    Banquet and dance, featuring the Lost Faculties!  Yes they have agreed to reunite for this special milestone.

    Hockey tournament (tbc) – This will depend on our ability to secure ice time.  Stay tuned.

  3. Dec. 7 to 9, 2017Canadian Optometry Schools Research Conference (COSRC 2017)

    Join us as the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Université de Montréal École d'Optométrie commemorate the 60th anniversary of the University of Waterloo and the 50th anniversary of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry.

    The conference, including dinner, will be free for graduate students in vision sciences and for optometry residents in Canada. There will be a modest fee for faculty, alumni and other attendees attending the Friday dinner and dance.

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