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-Anderson Fair

It was a fun filled night at the Fourth Annual Anderson Fair Concert brought to you by the Foundation for Education & Research in Vision!

Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines graced the stage with terrific folk music. All proceeds support class endowments held in FERV to award our UHCO students! Thank you to our sponsors; Vision Source-Kingwood/Dr. Glenn Ellisor'84, Dr. Monika'89 & Rick Gibbons, Dr. Sue Johnson'81 & Jim Zabilski, Dr. Moes'82 & Anar Nasser, Dr. Dennis'84 & Margueritt Neely, Drs. Dave'69 & Judy'78 Perrigin, and Dr. Tom'55 & Carolyn Pruett for their generosity. What a great night and we look forward to a bigger, better next year!!!

Mayor's Back to School Event

This weekend was the 4th Annual Mayor’s Back to School Fest, held in the Athletics/Alumni Center and Hofheinz Pavilion on the University of Houston Main Campus. Mayor Annise Parker welcomed approximately 20,000 students, grades K-5, and their parents for the event and new school year. Students received free school supplies, immunizations, and health/vision screenings, among various other services. Families were also connected to a wide range of health and social services offered by community agencies year-round. UHCO and the Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity organization (SVOSH) partnered with Eye Care for Kids and the Houston Dept. of Health and Human Services to provide visions screenings to the grade school children attending the Back to School Fest. A great time was had by everyone and UHCO was happy to kick off another great school year for thousands of Houston kids!


Bill Benedict

Bill Benedict 88, of Dallas, passed away August 3 of congestive heart failure. Bill was born and raised in Dallas Texas were he gave way to his Optical Industry of 68 years. He is the founder of International Optical which merged with Dr. Stanley Pearle's offices to form Optics (Pearle Vision) which they took public. Co-founder with Mac McFadden and son, Dennis, of Omega Optical, which also did an IPO. Bill served on the boards of Texas American Bank and Royal Optical, co-founder with daughter, Donna of Delta Fashion Optical, Benedict Optical and Legends 4.0 Optical. Bill and his family have been very generous to UHCO and its educational mission. Through their relationship several endowments have been created assisting students and faculty achieve success.

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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 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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