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.
SNAPS (Special Needs Adult and Pediatric Service)New specialized clinic with the University Eye Institute
Since completing her residency in Neuro-optometric Rehabilitation at the University of Houston College of Optometry, Kassaundra Johnston, OD, ‘2012 has made it her goal to expand a new clinic which specializes in examining teen and adult special needs populations. As of Fall 2013, this dream has become a reality with the opening of SNAPS (Special Needs Adult and Pediatric Service). The specialized unit is housed within the University Eye Institute’s Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Service as well as the Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation clinic.
Scholarship Award RecipientsVision Service Plan/American Optometric Foundation Practice Excellence Scholarship
Congratulations for Stephanie Lechlitner, OPT IV and Crystin Webb, OPT IV, who are the recipients of the Vision Service Plan/American Optometric Foundation Practice Excellence Scholarship for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. This is a coveted scholarship where students demonstrating excellence in primary eye care services and also in the top half of the classes are nominated by clinical faculty to compete. Nominees are interviewed by the Awards & Honors Committee and the Committee selects the recipients. Congratulations again to our students!
Innovative Technology at UHCOOptometric 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 pioneer 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.