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.


FERV - Fall Classic Golf Tournmanet
In honor of Nelson Reber, OD '63

Calling all golfers! The Foundation for Education and Research in Vision (FERV) will host its annual FERV Fall Classic Golf Tournament to raise support for scholarships and emergency loan funds benefiting optometry students enrolled in UHCO’s Professional Program. This year, the tournament is being played in memory of UHCO alumnus, UH Professor Emeritus, and former FERV board member Nelson Reber, OD.

All UHCO alumni and friends are welcome! Contact Liz Mauzy emauzy@optometry.uh.edu or 713-743-1795 for a registration form.

Friday, October 17 • 12:30PM Shotgun Start

Wildcat Golf Club • 12000 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 

Individual Player Fee: $175 • Team Fee: $600

Registration, Lunch, Dinner and Drinks are included

New $1.67 million NEI grant awarded
Drs. Anderson and Marsack of UHCO

Over 400,000 individuals have Down syndrome (DS) in the United States. This genetic condition is associated with many challenging characteristics including poor muscle tone, intellectual disability, developmental delays, and visual deficits. 

Heather Anderson, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O, ’07 and her collaborative team, Jason Marsack, Ph.D., ‘07 and Julia Benoit, Ph.D. have received a $1.67 million dollar grant from the National Eye Institute to develop novel spectacle prescribing strategies which aim to improve vision in patients with DS by considering the unique structural anomalies of each individual eye.


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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  Service is located within the University Eye Institute’s Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Service as well as the Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation clinic. 

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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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