Faculty laboratory and research group pages for Vision Science and Optometry at  uWaterloo's School of Optometry and Vision Science:

Dr. William Bobier's Lab

  • Photorefractive instrumentation
  • Pre-school vision screening, ocular focus measures in pre-school children
  • Studies of refractive error, ocular focus and alignment
  • Vision and literacy studies

Dr. Vivian Choh

  • Optics and function of crystalline lens during accommodation
  • Dynamics of cellular changes to the lens during accommodation
  • Molecular and cellular factors mediating refractive error development
  • Molecular and cellular factors mediating retinal ganglion cell death
  • Development of neuroprotective strategies following retinal ganglion cell death

Dr. Kristine Dalton

  • Sports Vision

Dr. Chris Hudson’s Lab

  • Non-invasive psychophysical, imaging and blood flow assessment of the eye
  • Retinal vascular reactivity in patients with diabetes and glaucoma
  • Spectral domain optical coherence tomography in neurodegenerative disease

Dr. Natalie Hutching's Lab

  • Imaging
  • Online learning
  • Progressive addition lenses

Dr. Elizabeth Irving's Lab

  • Ocular development research
  • Oculomotor research

Dr. Lyndon Jones, Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)

  • Anterior segment ocular research and education.

Dr. Susan Leat’s Lab

  • Low vision rehabilitation

  • Pediatric optometry and visual development

  • Vision and visual assessment in people with developmental disabilities

  • Geriatrics (falls, mobility and vision)

  • Visual psychophysics

Dr. Paul Murphy,

Murphy Laboratory for Experimental Optometry

  • Ocular surface sensation
  • Tear film dynamics and dry eye
  • Ocular surface shape
  • Contact lens wear complications
  • Optometric instrumentation

Dr. Trefford Simpson, Soft Metrology Lab

  • Soft metrology
  • Psychophysical measurement of ocular surface pain and thermal sensing
  • Scaling symptoms and visual function
  • Ocular surface imaging (particularly OCT)
  • Ocular surface structure and function
  • Binocular vision (particularly inhibitory interactions)

Dr. Jacob Sivak's Lab

  • Phylogeny and ontogeny of the eye
  • Refractive development of the eye
  • Ocular toxicology
  • Cataract

Dr. Ben Thompson's Lab

  • Development and plasticity of the human visual cortex. Techniques used within the lab include:
    • Psychophysics, structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
    • Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
    • Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
    • Electroencephalography (EEG)

Dr . Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan's Lab

Theoretical and Experimental Epistemology Laboratory (TEEL)

  • This multi-disciplinary laboratory works on various areas of interest:
    • vision science
    • retinal image processing and machine learning
    • optical physics and applied optics
    • history of science