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...


Dry eye disease is a chronic condition that occurs when an individual does not produce enough quality tears to properly lubricate their eyes. It is estimated that up to 30% of Canadians suffer from dry eye. In the coming years, this number is expected to increase as the population ages. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

A robot friend for vision treatment

An interdisciplinary group of University of Waterloo researchers is trying to improve adherence to 'lazy eye' treatment through use of a social robot that can educate and motivate children and their caregivers.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

A long focus on vision safety

Dr. Jeff Hovis is retiring after 38 years of research, teaching and clinical work mostly focused on colour vision, vision standards and binocular vision.