Article written by Komal Patel, Class of 2020 President
This past weekend, the School of Optometry organized a booth at the annual University of Waterloo Science Open House. A group of fifteen first and second year optometry students volunteered at the “Eye Openers” booth, and interacted with children of all ages throughout the day to provide educational optometry demonstrations. The kids participated in a wide variety of activities including colour vision tests, stereopsis tests, lens and laser demonstrations, optical illusions, and much more. Interacting with the children and being able to educate them about a profession we are all passionate about was so enjoyable. Seeing their excitement was truly a fulfilling experience! I speak on behalf of the volunteers and echo that it is important to support community outreach and public awareness about optometry to the younger generations.
The Eye Openers booth would not have been possible without the fantastic help from the team of committed and enthusiastic volunteers! Thank you to everyone who was involved in the Science Open House, including the professors and lab demonstrators who let us borrow materials for the booth - it is greatly appreciated!
It is the moment when a young child comes up to you and says “I was born with a colour vision defect”, or “I have anisocoria”, that reminds you that no matter how young someone might be, optometry is relevant to all age groups. I can only hope that maybe we inspired at least one future optometrist in the crowd. I look forward to seeing how the Eye Openers booth grows in the years to come and I am confident the incoming Optometry classes will have just as enjoyable an experience at the Science Open House as we experienced this year.
Dr. Stanley Woo, Director of the School of Optometry and Vision Science, attended with his family.
In his words, “Our optometry student volunteers did a great job at the Open House to raise awareness about cool things in vision from perceptual illusions, to 3-D vision, to laser ray tracing, and much more. Really exciting to see the enthusiasm and excitement from the public and our students alike."