Welcome to the College of Optometry

For more than 50 years, the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) has trained optometrists to provide the highest quality vision and eye care. UHCO offers a variety of degree programs including: Doctor of Optometry (OD), a combined Doctor of Optometry / Doctor of Philosophy (O.D./Ph.D), Master of Science (M.S.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

To learn more, please take a moment to look around the website, or contact us directly at (713) 743-2040.


"Why I am a Doctor of Optometry"
video by the Association of School and College of Optometry

Great video put together which highlights the interest, passion, and career paths for becoming a Doctor of Optometry. Watch this video and share with others who might be intersted or passionate about Optometry!


Innovative Technology at UHCO
Optometric Clinical Skills Simulation Lab

Starting this fall, University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) students can begin practicing indirect and direct ophthalmoscopy on virtual patients. 

A German-based company VRmagic, is a pionner for virtual reality simulators and educational concepts. Healthcare simulations offer a unique and progressive teaching tool to expand the educational experiences of students and provide objective assessments of student performance. Five Eyesi Indirect and five Eyesi Direct devices have been installed in an Optometric Clinical Skills Simulation Lab making UHCO the first institution worldwide to offer such a wide range of simulator-based training

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UHCO receives awards at AOA
Drs. Bergmanson and Newman

Dr. Jan Bergmanson, UHCO Professor, (center left) received the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section's Legends Award and Dr. Clarke Newman’86 (center right) received the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section's Luminary Award for Distinguished Practice at Optometry's Meeting in Philadelphia last month. Congratulations to our UHCO family!

OCT system helps discover ocular changes in astronauts

The Ocular Health Study currently being conducted by NASA is investigating ocular changes related to long duration microgravity exposure on board the International Space Station (ISS).  Along with visual acuity, intraocular pressure, ultrasound biomicroscopy and fundus photography, changes in optic nerve and retinal structures are being investigated using  optical coherence tomography (OCT, Heidelberg Engineering’s Spectralis) . The study is a collaborative effort with many leading scientists and researchers including Anastas Pass’81, OD, MS, JD, FAAO, Robert Gibson’89, OD and Nimesh Patel’12, OD, PhD. Their research investigating optic nerve head changes with OCT in long duration astronauts aboard the ISS recently won the company's annual 2014 Xtreme Research Award, which was presented during the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology annual meeting held May 5 in Orlando, FL.

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