Helping people see

The School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo, provides the only English optometric training in Canada leading to an accredited Doctor of Optometry degree. The school also provides a graduate program in Vision Science and Optometry. Extensive clinic programs support practical experience for students, and health services for the public. Read more about the School of Optometry...

  1. Aug. 9, 2019Testing glare disability on the move
    Glare from sun on ski slop

    This year, the Canadian Optometric Education Trust Fund (COETF) awarded funding to 13 research projects conducted by faculty and graduate students at the School of Optometry & Vision Science. This article is part of a series that highlights some of these projects.

  2. Aug. 6, 2019Using neuropeptides to explore eye irritation
    Woman with red eye before and after

    The symptoms of dry eye disease (DED), which affects an estimated 30% of Canadians, include irritated eyes and blurry vision. People who use extended-wear contact lenses may also experience similar symptoms.

  3. Aug. 1, 2019Harnessing the eye-brain connection in amblyopia
    Richard Donkor looks at a computer monitor while adjusting Dr. Ben Thompson’s headset

    Amblyopia (“lazy eye”) is among the most common causes of visual impairment in developed countries. Until recently, adults with the condition were considered untreatable, leaving them with significant, economic and social disadvantages.

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  1. Sep. 21, 2019Eye Talks: Overcoming Vision Loss
    Close up of Eye

    A study conducted by the Canadian Council for the Blind found that loss of vision is the disability that Canadians fear the most and more than 25% of Canadians have a friend or family member with significant vision loss.

    But vision loss doesn’t have to lead to loss of independence.

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