Jeff Hovis

Jeff Hovis
Associate Professor
Location: OPT 261
Phone: 519-888-4567 x46768


Dr. Jeff Hovis received his Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science degrees from The Ohio State University. He completed his PhD degree in Physiological Optics from Indiana University before joining the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science where he has been a member for over 30 years. He has an active research program in developing performance-related vision standards for law enforcement, aviation, maritime and railway industries. This work has led to the development of a lantern test and a color vision test for dispatchers used by the Canadian railways. Dr Hovis is currently investigating the color vision requirements and testing protocols for the Canadian Air Force. He has been a member of several panels and research groups reviewing vision standards for civilian pilots in Canada. In addition to research on vision standards, Dr. Hovis has also been investigating visual performance and optical properties of ballistic protective eye wear for the Canada Land Forces.

Research Interests

  • Vision Rehabilitation
  • Vision Services

Scholarly Research

My research focuses on establishing performance based standards for colour vision, visual acuity and binocular vision with the primary work studying the impact of colour vision deficiencies on coloured related tasks. I have also been investigating the impact of protective eyewear on visual performance.,


  • OD (Ohio State), MS (Ohio State), PhD (Indiana), FAAO


  • Registered optometrist, O.D. (Ohio State)
  • Supervising clinician
  • Clinical interests: primary care, binocular vision
  • Approved Ph.D. supervisor
  • Optometry Student Awards and Scholarships Committee Chair


  • OPTOM 139 - Colour Vision
    • Taught in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • OPTOM 215 - Systemic Disease
    • Taught in 2023
  • OPTOM 339 - Visual Perception 3:Colour Vis
    • Taught in 2019
  • OPTOM 375L - Diseases of the Eye 3 Laboratory
    • Taught in 2020
  • OPTOM 671 - Vision Science Part 2
    • Taught in 2020

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