Two have been added to those offered by the School for 2016-17. The new residencies are Ocular Disease and Glaucoma, and Sports Vision and Vision Therapy, which are added to the offering of Cornea and Contact Lens, Pediatrics and Vision Therapy, and Low Vision Rehabilitation, bringing the total residencies offered to five.
On November 25th as part of Optometry Week 2016, Kitchener-Waterloo representative Catherine Fife (NDP), visited the Optometry Clinic at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science. The purpose of her visit was to see where and how optometric education was provided. On her tour of the facilities the types of services, the technology used and the contributions that optometrists currently make to the Ontario and Canadian health-care system was discussed.
The School of Optometry & Vision Science is fortunate to have a tremendous complement of exceptional students, faculty, staff and alumni whose efforts are regularly recognized by colleagues and the profession. The Academy is no different and there were many who were acknowledged during the American Academy of Optometry in Anaheim, CA in November.
The following students received awards through the American Optometric Foundation:
The 2016 Optometry Rack Pack team completed the 'CIBC Run for the Cure' on Sunday October 2, 2016 to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In their fourth year as a team, there were 22 “Rack Pack” members including optometry faculty, staff and students – as well as family and friends of the School of Optometry and Vision Science - who walked or ran the 1km/5km race at Conestoga College, Doon Campus in Kitchener. We also had one off-site member, Michelle Steenbakkers, our former team captain, who participated in the run in Ottawa!
Routine eye exams catch vision problems before symptoms appear, according to research by Optometry and Vision Science Professor Elizabeth Irving and colleagues at the University of Waterloo. Their study, published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science and featured last month by several news outlets in the United States including US News & World Report Health Day, tracked nearly 6400 patients visiting the University of Waterloo Optometry Clinic over a year.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) awarded Professor Ben Thompson of the School of Optometry and Vision Science a $100,000 bridge grant to study how non-invasive brain stimulation can help adults recover from brain-based visual disorders such as amblyopia.
It’s been said that our eyes are “windows to the soul” and for good reason: it turns out the retina located at the back of the eye is actually an extension of our brain’s outermost layer. By measuring changes in the thickness of the retina, Chris Hudson, a professor in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, hopes to learn more about similar changes mirrored in the cortical mass (the brain’s weight and thickness).
For the first time, a doctoral student from the University of Waterloo has won the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, which sees graduate students from across the country communicate the breadth and significance of their research to a non-specialist audience in three minutes or less.