Monday, September 30, 2019

Researchers recommend considering preserved artificial tears for mild dry eyes

Karen Walsh and Lyndon Jones

Evidence shows that there is a wide choice of preserved artificial tears which can be recommended within a larger treatment plan for mild to moderate dry eye disease.

According to researchers at the University of Waterloo, while preservative-free drops are best for severe dry eyes, they are not the only option to consider in the management of more mild stages of the disease.

Friday, September 13, 2019

CORE director tops list of contact lens experts

Dr. Lyndon Jones

Multiple scientists and researchers within the Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE), have been named as part of Expertscape’s top 60 Expertise in Contact Lenses: Worldwide. Topping the list at number one is the director of CORE, Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Testing 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.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Using 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.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Harnessing 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.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Creating better contact lenses with Ocublink

a row of five translucent balls simulating eyeballs with red lids

Testing contact lens components on humans and animals can be expensive and controversial, and conventional testing using vials doesn’t adequately represent the structure of the eye or a lens wearer’s experience.

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.

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