When the news broke that I was sharing the Nobel Prize for the development of Chirped Pulse Amplification - or CPA - journalists and others asked me about its practical applications. It is understandable that they would want to know how it affects people or the planet, or where they might have seen it before. But in my mind, the fundamental science is at least as important. Certain innovations might not exist without first understanding the physics behind them.
“Did you get your eyes checked?” an elderly gentleman asks a fellow patient in a hospital lunch room. When the other patient nods, he smiles.
These are two of the nearly 100 patients who are participating in a collaborative research project conducted by the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science (WOVS) and Grand River Hospital (GRH), in Kitchener, Ontario. By agreeing to have their vision assessed, these patients are helping to shed light on a serious threat to seniors’ health ̶ falls.