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)


Create a profile to be matched with a study

– $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 Alerts Practitioners to Mask-Associated Dry Eye (MADE)

    August 31, 2020

    Widespread use of face masks has been determined essential to combat COVID-19’s spread, yet is giving rise to a new phenomenon: increased reports of dry, uncomfortable eyes. Experts from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) are advising eye care professionals (ECPs) on how to recognize mask-associated dry eye (MADE) and methods to mitigate ...
  • New Research Reassures & Advises Contact Lens Wearers During Coronavirus / COVID-19 Pandemic; Offers Clear Facts and Hygiene Advice

    April 13, 2020

    Peer-Reviewed Paper by Prominent Scientists Reinforces Need for Hand Washing, Warns that Wearing Glasses / Spectacles Does Not Reduce Risk of Infection WATERLOO, Ontario, April 13, 2020—Moving swiftly to address and correct harmful myths and misinformation, a new peer-reviewed paper from five of the world’s most prominent ocular scientists reassures contact lens wearers during the global COVID-19 ...
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