School of Optometry faculty members help to fulfill the school's mission by providing outstanding instruction. In addition, the school has excellent research facilities, both as part of its graduate program in vision science and as part of the Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research. There are many opportunities for students in both the doctor of optometry and graduate programs to participate in ongoing studies.

The school is also strongly committed to service for the general public and to the education of its students. Some of the activities include providing vision screenings to the homeless, eye care to uninsured/low-income patients, vision screenings in elementary schools, and helping to support new optometric education programs in other countries.

Students participate in many of these activities, on campus and in the community. Members of the School of Optometry community also travel with volunteers from organizations like Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity to underdeveloped countries to provide examinations and eyewear to needy persons. This outreach effort led to the establishment of the school's clinic in Guanajuato, Mexico. Faculty, students, and staff join together to bring vision care to all people.