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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. 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!

  2. Aug. 11, 2016Waterloo Optometry study featured on US News & World Report’s Health DayEye exam in progress

    Routine eye exams catch vision problems before symptoms appear, according to research by Optometry and Vision Science Professor Elizabeth Irving and colleagues at the University of Waterloo. Their study, published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science and featured last month by several news outlets in the United States including US News & World Report Health Day, tracked nearly 6400 patients visiting the University of Waterloo Optometry Clinic over a year.

  3. Aug. 1, 2016Ben Thompson receives CIHR Bridge grant to study non-invasive brain stimulation for treating lazy eye

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) awarded Professor Ben Thompson of the School of Optometry and Vision Science a $100,000 bridge grant to study how non-invasive brain stimulation can help adults recover from brain-based visual disorders such as amblyopia.

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  1. Oct. 24, 2016Centre for Contact Lens Research laboratory tour and networking session

    Please join us for an introduction to the state-of-the-art laboratory facilities available at the Centre for Contact Lens Research (CCLR), School of Optometry & Vision Science.

  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