News archive - 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Shedding new light on concussion-related vision disorders

blurry double exposure of windowsill with plants

People who suffer a concussion often experience visual disorders, such as double vision and difficulty focusing, as a result of their injury. However, very little is known about these often debilitating symptoms and how long they may last.

A group of researchers, including Dr. Kristine Dalton of the School of Optometry & Vision Science, is hoping to change that. The researchers recently received funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH) for a two-year study that may be the first step toward new treatments for concussion-related vision disorders.

Monday, September 14, 2020

New intervention could help patients with macular degeneration recover vision

 a vertical strip of light shines across a man's face

Macular degeneration is the leading causes of blindness in industrialized countries. Now, University of Waterloo researchers have found that a single session of non-invasive brain stimulation of the visual cortex can reduce the effects of the disease, a discovery that could eventually allow patients with macular degeneration to recover their vision.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Peventing Mask Associated Dry Eye (MADE)

MADE infographic

Widespread use of face masks has been determined essential to combat COVID-19’s spread, yet is giving rise to a new phenomenon: increased reports of dry, uncomfortable eyes. Experts from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) are advising eye care professionals (ECPs) on how to recognize mask-associated dry eye (MADE) and methods to mitigate the condition.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

WOVS welcomes Dr. Julie Shalhoub

Dr. Julie Shaloub

We are excited to officially welcome Dr. Julie Shalhoub to the School! Dr. Shalhoub will provide care primarily in the Binocular Vision and Vision Therapy clinics.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Dr. Gina Sorbara presented with IACLE Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Gina Sorbara is surrounded by young people as she sits in front of a slit lamp
 
On June 30th, longtime IACLE board member and educator, Professor Luigina (Gina) Sorbara retired from her position at the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo and her role as Assistant Secretary of IACLE (previous roles include Treasurer and Vice-President). 
 
To honour Gina’s many contributions to contact lens education worldwide, including her positions on the IACLE Board of Directors since 1992, she has been presented with the IACLE Award for Lifetime Achievement in Contact Lens Education.
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