Vision Performance Institute

The Vision Performance Institute is a leading research organization in the vision sciences. The Vision Performance Institute (VPI) is dedicated to research in product development and support and clinical care in vision performance.


The Vision Performance Institute is an academically affiliated research organization with ties to several universities, corporations, and professional organizations. Originally founded and located at The Ohio State University in 2002 by James E. Sheedy, OD, PhD, the VPI now resides at Pacific University of Oregon’s campus in Forest Grove, OR. The Vision Performance Institute boasts a proud history of quality research in vision science that has established it as one of the premier vision research organizations in the United States.

Areas of Expertise

The VPI boasts an array of specialties, thanks to the diverse educational backgrounds of its researchers and contributors. Some noted areas of expertise include the following.

          How 3D Games can ID Vision Problems



Optometry faculty identifies causes, remedies for visual and physical problems when viewing 3D video
A study conducted by Pacific University faculty and published in the current edition of Optometry and Vision Science identifies causes of visual and physical discomfort in some people when they watch stereoscopic (3D) video content. READ MORE




2014 Research Conference

October 2 - 5, 2014

Jefferson Hall


This year's conference features the latest research from faculty, inter-institution collaboration and student projects. Tentative schedule:


Thursday, October 2

Advances in Display Quality and Applications


Friday, October 3

S3D Industrial and Clinical Applications

Optical Intervention and Vision Performance


Saturday, October 4

Technological and Clincal Advances in Improving Vision





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Research Participants Needed!

The VPI is currently seeking discriminating research participants for several of our ongoing studies.

Payment is generally $10/hr cash. Time of participation varies by study.

All participants must meet stated criteria for a given study in order to be accepted. To view our available studies and enroll online, please visit our scheduling page below.

Enroll in a VPI Study