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David Rio, MSc, Phd

David Rio

Assistant Professor of Optometry



Dr Rio is an assistant professor in the vision science department, and is also a faculty in the College’s graduate programs. He joined NECO in 2018.
Dr Rio has been trained first as an optician in Nantes, France, and was awarded a BSc in professional optics and a MSc in Optometry and Vision Science by University of Paris South. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Paris-Saclay where he was awarded a PhD in Physics, with a specialty in fundamental optics. Then, he moved to the University of Houston College of Optometry as a postdoctoral fellow in the Visual Optics Institute.


He is the instructor of record of two courses, Optics II and Optics A, which cover optics concepts for first-year optometry students. 


Dr Rio research interests span all the physiological optics. He is more specifically interested in the development of new optics to correct challenging patients in the clinic, assessing and developing new clinical instruments as well as characterizing the influence of new technologies on vision.


Dr Rio is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) where he presented several meeting contributions. He is author and co-author of international peer-reviewed publications in Optometry and Vision Science and Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. He serves as a reviewer for Optometry and Vision Science, and is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal d’Optométrie Francophone (i.e. French Journal of Optometry).