CORE is a world-renowned eye research facility at the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo.


During the province-wide shutdown CORE is open for participants currently enrolled in research studies. We are currently booking study appointments for new participants on or after May 25th. (Updated April 30th 2021)


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– $20/hr for attending study visits
– Try new and innovated products
– No contact lens experience necessary
– All ages welcome


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Welcome to CORE

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) is part of the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo. We are learning more about the front surface of the human eye through innovative research studies led by our team of world-renowned researchers and supported by a community of volunteer research participants.

Volunteers are critical for our success and receive $20/hour for attending study visits. To be considered for a study, take a moment to create a profile – it is quick, easy and is the first step in connecting with our team. If you meet the requirements for a study, we will provide you with more details and you can decide if you want to participate.


  • CORE Publishes Guidance on Dry Eye Disease Treatment Procedures

    March 8, 2023

    Issue 70 of Contact Lens Update Now Available WATERLOO, ONTARIO, March 8, 2023—Adding context to recent technological advances to combat dry eye disease, the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has published a series of clinically-relevant perspectives from four international experts via Issue 70 of Contact Lens Update. The authors examine several in-office procedures, as well as ...
  • CORE Biosciences Group Uses Radiolabeled Proteins to Study RGP Contact Lens Deposition

    February 13, 2023

    Novel Investigation Method Overcomes Traditional Limitations, Shows Minimal Protein Impact and High Efficacy of Cleaning Solutions WATERLOO, Ontario, February 13, 2023—Scientists at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) have applied a novel method to answer a long-held question: how much protein is really deposited on rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses? Historically, RGP protein ...
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