Welcome to the School of Optometry & 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...


Assistive technology and low vision aids can help people with low vision to maintain or increase their independence. Low vision therapist Heidi Panchaud and high technology assessor Dave Johnston explain how professional staff at the Waterloo Eye Institute help patients choose and adjust to using the aids right for them. 

Dr. Ralph Chou, professor emeritus in Optometry & Vision Science, one of the world’s foremost experts on eclipse eye safety, answers questions on how to keep your eyes safe while enjoying a rare celestial event.