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.


Healthcare Collaboration
Baylor College of Medicine and UHCO

Healthcare requires collaborative care across all disciplines to achieve success. Recently, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) 3rd year students, as part of the ophthalmology club, participated in vision screening training conducted by University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) 4th year student, Andrew Zaborowski. BCM students used the Simulation Lab and Procedures Lab here at UHCO to get hands on training and experiences with the tools of optometrists to better assist them during a community health fair vision screening later this month. The two disciplines work in partnership at La Nueva Casa de Amigos Health Center, a multidisciplinary community health center located in downtown Houston. The BCM students were invited to participate in the community health fair by the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services Center. As part of the fair,  both the pre-ophthalmology and optometry students will be conducting vision screenings. With both disciplines working together, vision care is sure to be successful at the health fair.

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 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.

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