Adjunct Professor; Professor Emerita

BSc (Manchester), PhD (Cardiff), FAAOFCOptom

Telephone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 32040


Fax: (519) 725-0784

Office: OPT 377

Labs: OPT 251, ext. 36760 and OPT 372, ext. 32189


Susan LeatSusan Leat is a Professor Emerita at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry and Vision Science. She graduated with 1st class honours in Optometry from the University of Manchester (formerly UMIST), England. She obtained her PhD and undertook post-doctoral studies at Cardiff University (formerly UWCC), Great Britain. She was founder and director of the Cardiff University Low Vision Clinic, the first university-based low vision clinic of its kind in Britain, and was instrumental in establishing the Special Assessment Clinic in Cardiff. She moved to Canada in 1991 to take up a Faculty position in the University of Waterloo. She was previously Head of the Paediatric and Special Needs Clinic, Primary Care Externship Programme Officer and Senior Admissions Officer for Optometry. She was also a clinician in the Low Vision Clinic and the Paediatric and Special Needs Clinic and was the Head of Residencies. She continues to conduct research in the areas of psychophysics, low vision and paediatrics.


Clinic duties

  • Registered optometrist, BSc (Manchester), PhD (Cardiff)
  • Supervising clinician: low vision clinic, paediatric and special needs clinic, primary care clinic
  • Clinical interests: low vision, pediatrics, special needs populations, gerontology

Teaching interests

  • Paediatric optometry, learning disabilities and populations with special needs
  • Low vision
  • Gerontology

Additional information

University of Waterloo

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