At the School of Optometry & Vision Science, we believe we’ve found a better way to deliver eye and vision care; one that gives optometrists the tools to deliver a new level of patient care.
The Waterloo Eye Institute will help us better serve patients here in Waterloo-Wellington and across the country by pushing the boundaries of clinical care, optometric education and vision research. With your support, we will
• promote inter-professional education and collaborative practice – embracing relationships with ophthalmology, family medicine, pharmacy, and other health professions.
• reimagine the patient pathway – fully serving our patients’ vision care needs, from wellness through surgery to rehabilitation, from ages 1 to 101.
• harness expertise in ocular imaging research – expanding our understanding of the connections between the eye and brain to discover techniques and treatments that will enhance health care.
• prepare students and the profession for the highest scope of practice in North America, and expand access to vision care for patients across Canada.
What your gift makes possible:
Capacity for low-risk eye surgeries
Through the Waterloo Eye Institute’s ambulatory surgical centre, we will
• increase access to ophthalmological care,
• decrease wait times for cataract and other surgeries, and
• promote inter-professional collaboration between optometry, ophthalmology and other health care professions to promote seamless patient care
Advanced eye and vision care services
We will advance eye and vision care services by
• leveraging our expertise in ocular disease (glaucoma, diabetes and AMD), pediatrics, contact lens and low vision rehabilitation, and
• increasing patient access to specialized care in growing areas such as vision therapy, concussion, myopia control, and dry eye disease.
Increased infrastructure in tele-optometry
We will increase access to eye and vision care for communities across Canada by
• creating a vital hub for diagnosing eye disease, and
• allowing patients in remote or under-serviced areas to receive care via teleoptometry technology.
Enhanced clinical education
The Waterloo Eye Institute will build a paradigm that empowers optometrists to deliver a new level of patient care by
• creating a model of collaborative practice that can be replicated across Canada to improve access and efficiency in patient care.
• using telehealth technology to diagnose and connect patients with providers.
• training optometrists to the highest scope of practice in North America so they’re prepared to meet their patients’ needs, no matter where they practice.
• providing unique learning opportunities for students to work side-by-side with other health care professionals.
• expanding continuing professional development opportunities, so that all optometrists in Canada can expand and update their skills.
Innovation through vision research
The Waterloo Eye Institute will harness the University’s powerful research network to bring new techniques and treatments from the lab to the clinic and to enhance the delivery of patient care.
By embracing “the eye as the window to the brain,” we’ll create an ocular imaging research centre that builds on our expertise in eye-brain interaction. Through this centre, we will
• encourage collaboration among experts in imaging, artificial intelligence, vision science and brain health from across the University of Waterloo and around the world.
• develop new tools for optometrists and other healthcare providers to diagnose, monitor and treat eye and brain conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetic retinopothy and genetic diseases.
• create new treatments for vision loss that focus on improving neural processing to potentially restore sight in patients with AMD, stroke and amblyopia.
Investing in the future
To make this bold vision a reality, we need the support of our alumni, the profession and the community.
Facilities and equipment – create a clinical and research environment that inspires excellence in the delivery of vision care, learning and innovation.
Students – Support the leaders of tomorrow in optometric practice and research.
Innovation – boost research discovery to put us at the forefront of patient care.