Friday, July 19, 2019

COETF funding helps bring research from lab to practice

Woman wearing sunglasses looking at a tablet in an optometry exam room

A portable device for measuring glare sensitivity. Evidence-based protocols for vision therapy. A model for testing contact lens components.

These are just some of the initiatives here the School of Optometry & Vision Science that recently received funding from the Canadian Optometric Education Trust Fund (COETF).

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Stem cell donors needed for Karam Kaur

Karam Kaur

One of our Optometry students, Karam Kaur, has been diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer and will need a bone marrow stem cell transplant.

To help Karam find a matching donor, we’re encouraging people between the ages of 17 and 35 to register for Canadian Blood Service’s stem cell donation program, either in person or online. As part of the registration process, you’ll be asked to swab the inside of your mouth to collect cell samples.

You can help by

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Student Dania Abuleil receives grant from prestigious scientific society

Dania Abuleil stands in front of photos of past optometry graduating classes

Dania Abuleil, a PhD student at the School of Optometry & Vision Science, has received a research grant from Sigma Xi, one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world.

Funding from the Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program will support Dania’s efforts to objectively measure changes in the brain following electrical stimulation.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Celebrating the Class of 2019

The RACH Memorial Award  Presented to Kaitlyn Skinner  by Rachel’s mother, Mrs. Joanne Higgins

As another academic year comes to a close, the School of Optometry & Vision Science is celebrating the achievements of our newest graduates.

On June 12, family and friends of the Doctor of Optometry Class of 2019 visited the School for our annual Graduation Celebration, traditionally held the evening before Convocation. The evening began with the presentation of the Graduation Awards. Dr. Natalie Hutchings served as MC, welcoming the audience with the warmth and humour she’s known for.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Centre for Ocular Research & Education partners with SightGlass Vision to bring eyeglasses to local children in need

Close-up portrait of a little boy wearing eyeglasses and a yellow sweatshirt

The University of Waterloo’s Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) is pleased to announce it will receive donated eyeglasses from SightGlass Vision, Inc. to help local children in need. The eyeglasses will be distributed through the School of Optometry & Vision Science’s (WOVS) Clinic.

This effort is in support of the first annual Myopia Awareness Week (@MyopiaMovement), aimed at educating caregivers and changing the way optometrists understand and treat myopia. Myopia Awareness Week takes place May 13-19, 2019.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Dr. George Woo to receive an honorary doctorate

Dr. George Woo

Dr. George Woo, Founding Director of the Centre for Sight Enhancement, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree at the June 13th Convocation ceremony.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Seeing Eye to Eye: Interprofessional Collaboration Course Helps Optometrists and Pharmacists Improve Patient Care

Pharmacist standing with prescription bottles

New Online Continuing Education Series Focuses on Enhancing Eye Care

In today’s healthcare environment where patients see several specialists during diagnosis and treatment, interdisciplinary knowledge is more important than ever. When healthcare providers across sectors collaborate to share expertise and make care decisions, patient outcomes improve.

Friday, March 22, 2019

WOVS graduate student creates first standardized visual acuity chart in Arabic

BAL Arabic eye chart

A graduate student at the University of Waterloo has developed the first standardized chart to measure vision for reading in Arabic – a language spoken by hundreds and millions of people around the world.

I wanted to get a standardized chart in Arabic for testing my patients. I then discovered that we don’t have one.

Monday, March 18, 2019

“An incredible educator”: Dr. Natalie Hutchings recognized for teaching excellence

Portrait of Dr. Natalie Hutchings

Dr. Natalie Hutchings has been recognized with the Faculty of Science’s Excellence in Science Teaching Award (ESTA).

Numerous letters of support from both students and faculty accompanied Hutchings’ nomination. These cited her exemplary performance in all aspects of teaching at the School, whether in the classroom, lab or clinic.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Identifying the missing element in hospital fall prevention

Dr. Narayan and Dr. Leat work with a patient at the hospital

“Did you get your eyes checked?” an elderly gentleman asks a fellow patient in a hospital lunch room. When the other patient nods, he smiles.

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