Farayha Zaidi is currently a third-year optometry student at the UC Berkeley Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry and Vision Science. She was born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan until she moved to Chicago, IL at the age of 11 and graduated in 2019 from Benedictine University with a Bachelors in Health Sciences.
The Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science is celebrating its 100th year! Click for a message from Dean John Flanagan, event details for our centennial celebrations, our historical timeline, community profiles, and our vision for the future.
Berkeley is a place where the brightest minds from across the globe come together to explore, ask questions, and improve the world. It is a place where distinguished faculty gather to educate, challenge, mentor and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.
Berkeley is the no. 1 public university in the world. Our students and faculty come from many places and backgrounds; together we create a vibrant and dynamic community that seeks to create a better world. Join us!
Our students examine 2,500 patients by the time they graduate, among the highest in optometry. To get you ready for your first patient, we provide over 400 hours of preclinical training during your first two years.
Facts and figures only tell part of the story. Hear what our students have to say about their experience at the Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science. We asked them about their classes, seeing patients, and life in Berkeley.
Vision is one of our most valuable senses. At the Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science, world-renowned Vision Science faculty are exploring a rich array of research questions relating to how we see and why vision fails. The answers have the potential to change lives.