Kristine Dalton, a professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, won the 2014 Beta Sigma Kappa Research Grant, from the American Optometric Foundation. This award is given to individuals who display a keen interest in answering questions in the areas of vision science and clinical practice.
Dalton is a certified optometrist and has also completed a PhD in the area of visual strategy use in sports. Her research focuses on examining the effects of mild traumatic brain injury in adolescents, specifically on their visual function, visual-motor coordination, and the stability of their posture.
Dalton also established a Sports Vision Clinic at the University of Waterloo, where she assesses sports-specific vision function and visual-motor coordination of athletes. She provides customized vision training in these areas, working on hand-eye coordination, reaction times, and eye movement control.
Dalton recognizes the importance of vision in sports, and believes “improving vision should be just another way we can help athletes of all levels become better at the sport of their choice.” She is developing standardized vision tests that can be used in these areas.
Dalton will be honoured at the 2014 American Optometric Foundation Celebration Luncheon mid-November, in Denver, Colorado.