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Optometry and Vision Science

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...

  1. Dec. 1, 2016New optometric residenciesA child is being tested for new glasses

    Two have been added to those offered by the School for 2016-17. The new residencies are Ocular Disease and Glaucoma, and Sports Vision and Vision Therapy, which are added to the offering of Cornea and Contact Lens, Pediatrics and Vision Therapy, and Low Vision Rehabilitation, bringing the total residencies offered to five.

  2. Oct. 25, 2016Waterloo study finds kids’ eyesight worsening earlier and largely uncorrected

    Nearsightedness in children increases nearly fivefold from Grade 1 to Grade 8, with almost a third of the cases going undiagnosed and uncorrected, according to new research.

  3. Oct. 5, 2016Congratulations to the 2016 Optometry Rack Pack!2016 CIBC run for the cure participants

    The 2016 Optometry Rack Pack team completed the 'CIBC Run for the Cure' on Sunday October 2, 2016 to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In their fourth year as a team, there were 22 “Rack Pack” members including optometry faculty, staff and students  –  as well as family and friends of the School of Optometry and Vision Science - who walked or ran the 1km/5km race at Conestoga College, Doon Campus in Kitchener.  We also had one off-site member, Michelle Steenbakkers, our former team captain, who participated in the run in Ottawa!

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  1. Mar. 25–26, 2017Canadian Interdisciplinary Vision Rehabilitation Conference (CIVRC)Canadian Interdisciplinary Vision Rehabilitation Conference logo

    The first Canadian interdisciplinary weekend vision rehabilitation conference will be held at the School of Optometry and Vision Science in March 2017. It will be of interest to all professionals who are, or would like to be, involved in low vision rehabilitation. Included is a new lecture, named for Dr George Woo. The inaugural George Woo lecturer will be Joan Stelmack (Director, Low Vision Service, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois).

  2. Sept. 22–24, 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.

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Optometry Clinics

Are you looking for an eye exam, an optometrist, glasses or contact lenses? Visit our clinics website to learn more or schedule an appointment.

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Canadian Association of Optometrists