Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Dr. Stanley Woo on The 20/20 Podcast: The Future of Canadian Optometry

Portraits of Dr. Harbir Sian and Dr. Stan Woo

Dr. Stan Woo joins host Dr. Harbir Sian on The 20/20 Podcast to discuss the future of Canadian optometry. In this episode, Dr. Woo shares his perspective from the point of view of a person responsible for the education of future optometrists.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Save Your Vision Month: Optometry provides multi-locations to provide access for all

Baby with glasses on and tongue sticking out

Save Your Vision Month is an important time to reiterate how optometrists go beyond vision correction prescription by providing the delivery of essential health care. That the work optometrists do is critical to a patient’s overall health regimen, including preventive care.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Highlighting the Human Aspect of Aviation Sustainability

Dr. Elizabeth Irving

For many - including Dr. Elizabeth Irving, a professor in the School of Optometry and Vision Science - collaborating with researchers in different disciplines means you are sometimes surprised by where life leads you.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Low Vision Month February: Offering services and focusing on research to help with vision loss

Low vision patient being taught assisted vision aid

February is Low Vision Month, a month that brings awareness to any incurable visual impairment that can negatively impact everyday life and make regular activities difficult to do.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Optometry research on robotics wins Graham Seed Fund

Robot hand on left. Robot face on right.

Congratulations to Drs. Ben Thompson, Lisa Christian, and Marlee Spafford of the School of Optometry, along with Kerstin Dautenhahan of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This team of interdisciplinary collaborators have been awarded $25k from the Graham Seed Fund for their vision robotics research.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Unicorneas Win Top Prize at Corneal Cup

Hockey players on bench watching hockey game

Another year, another Corneal Cup, as the Unicorneas take the top prize. This past Saturday the team of fourth year optometry students dominated the annual optometry hockey tournament.

Friday, January 13, 2023

Glaucoma: group of eye diseases leading cause of irreversible vision loss

Graphic of eye showing glaucoma damage

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma consists of a group of eye diseases that leads to irreversible vision loss from damage to the optic nerve. With a lack of symptoms showing and no cure for glaucoma, it is vital to get early intervention to prevent blindness. 

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Dr. Ben Thompson on CBC Quirks and Quarks

Girl with bright eyes

Over the holidays, Dr. Ben Thompson was one of the experts featured on CBC's Quirks and Quarks with Bob McDonald, helping to answer some of Canada's questions on science. Check out his interview at 37:22 here

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Brain stimulation improves reading ability in macular degeneration patients

Patient using brain stimulation tool to train brain

Drug treatments only slow down the progression of the disease, but Waterloo scientists discovered they could train the brain to use the information it receives more efficiently.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

UWaterloo Optometry “Wins” Big on Giving Tuesday 2022

Student giving an eye exam in our clinic with a thank you banner across the photo

This past Giving Tuesday was one for the history books. The School of Optometry and Vision Science was the "little department that could" as alumni and friends came together to support the Waterloo Eye Institute (WEI), taking the title of the Most Donors and Most Dollars challenges!

"I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support and grateful to all the hard work that went into making Giving Tuesday a smashing success," says Dr. Stanley Woo, Director, School of Optometry and Vision Science.

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