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.
Dr. Stan Woo farewell
Dr. Stan Woo has been instrumental in the operations of the Center for Sight Enhancement. He has been with the college for 19 years. He received his Doctor of Optometry from the University of California at Berkeley and his Masters in Vision Science from the University of Houston, College of Optometry. He also completed a residency in low vision rehabilitation at the UHCO. Dr. Woo is one of three Texas Diplomates in Low Vision of the American Academy of Optometry and an Assistant Professor at the UHCO and founding director of the Center for Sight Enhancement, a multi-disciplinary low vision rehabilitation clinic.
He taught in the clinic and is course master for the didactic programs in low vision rehabilitation and geriatric optometry. Dr. Woo was also the Director of the Residency program in Low Vision Rehabilitation. He has lectured at continuing education courses nationally and internationally on the areas of pharmacology, retinal disease, and low vision rehabilitation. Dr. Woo will be extremely missed, but we know that he will do great things as Dean of Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO).
See to SucceedGood Neighbor Eye Clinic
Smiling faces were in abundance on Saturday May 18th when See to Succeed was at Good Neighbor Eye Clinic. UHCO, the City of Houston Health and Human Services Department, San Jacinto College, Berkley Eye Center, and the Essilor Vision Foundation collaborate to provide free comprehensive vision exams and eye glasses for school aged children with unresolved vision problems. This partnership is in its second year with thousands of students receiving the vision care needed to achieve in school and life. To support See to Succeed contact Dr. Pat Segu, Director of Good Neighbor Eye Clinic.
Norman E. Wallis Award for ExcellenceUHCO 4th yr. receives award
Mr. Brady W. Betten was named the recipient of the 2013 Dr. Norman E. Wallis Award for Excellence. This award was established to honor Dr. Wallis’ 25 years of outstanding service as Executive Director of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) and is given to the candidate who receives the highest score on the targeted or main Part I Basic Science Examination each year.
The Award consists of a personalized plaque as well as a full refund of the Part I registration fee. The Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) by Dr. Nancy Peterson-Klein, President of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.
Class of 2013Composite Picture Unveiling
Each year the graduating class of UHCO partakes in a tradition of unveiling their class composite picture. With the students arriving back from their semesters on extern and visiting with friends, it is a great time spent reminiscing and preparing for the next chapter. The unveiling is a lasting legacy our students leave in the halls of UHCO. See pictures from the class of 2013 gathered around as Dr. Boltz revealed their class picture.
Prevent Blindness Texas"Eye Stroll for Vision"
Prevent Blindness Texas is honoring Dean Smith at their Houston Zoo Eye Stroll for Vision event as their 2013 walk honoree, scheduled for Sep 21. They will be seeking teams of walkers and pledges in support of this event. We need to have as many UHCO faculty, staff, students and alumni organized to walk on the UHCO Team.
1) Select join a team at the top of the page
2) Search UHCO
2) Follow the steps and you will be registered as part of UHCO
The mission of Prevent Blindness Texas is to prevent blindness, preserve sight, and enhance and extend the quality of vision life for all Texans. Last year, Prevent Blindness Texas screened the eyes of 20,894 children and 11,385 adults.