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...

  1. July 9, 2020Yara Mohiar wins second place in Waterloo 3MT - and chalks up a 4-peat for WOVS
    Yara Mohiar, dressed in a white hijab and red coat, stands ona tree-lined street

    Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs hosted the first ever virtual University of Waterloo Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Biologist Isabel Hilgendag and vision scientist Yara Mohiar both represented the Faculty of Science. Mohiar won second place, making her the fourth student from the School of Optometry & Vision Science to place/win at the university level competition.

  2. June 27, 2020Despite uncertainty, optometry grads are moving forward, together
    Final group photo of the class before COVID-19

    The “Class of 2020” may have the most appropriate name possible for a graduating class of optometrists. 2020 has been called the Year of Vision by eye care professionals around the world, and this class was set to hit the ground in the summer of 2020 with their license to practice in hand.

    Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and what should have been the culmination of four years of intense study for optometry doctoral students was disrupted, leaving the students and the School of Optometry and Vision Science struggling to find solutions.

  3. June 19, 2020Macular degeneration diagnostic tool hidden in plain sight

    An experiment that began by testing the properties of quantum entanglement has led to the discovery of a new diagnostic tool that could help optometrists detect macular degeneration much earlier than was previously possible. Professor Ben Thompson and Andrew Silva, a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, partnered with colleagues from Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) on this groundbreaking research.

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