News archive - 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The eye as a possible window for the detection of neurodegenerative disease

Professor Chris Hudson, of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science, is co-lead of ocular diagnosis for an ongoing study of Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal lobar dementia, stroke-induced vascular cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease, currently being conducted by the Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI).

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Vision test gives insight into the effect of prenatal exposure to recreational drugs

Children exposed to marijuana in the womb show a significant improvement in their ability to track moving objects at age four, according to new vision research. But researchers are warning that the results do not mean marijuana has a beneficial effect on foetal development.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Vision scientists test success of treating low blood sugar in newborns

Toddler watching a computer screen.

Hypoglycaemia, or low blood sugar, is common, and is the single most preventable cause of brain damage at birth.

Research, published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine involving the University of Waterloo finds evidence that current guidelines on maintaining blood sugar levels in newborns with hypoglycaemia reduces their risk for brain damage.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Waterloo contact lens researchers take aim at worsening global eyesight

Stock photo of a contact lens.

Myopia, or near-sightedness, is the most common cause of poor eyesight and its increasing incidence and severity is alarming optometrists and healthcare providers worldwide.  

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