News for School of Optometry and Vision Science

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Waterloo Region invests in cutting edge eye and vision care

Artistic rendition of the new Waterloo Eye Institute.

The University of Waterloo's School of Optometry and Vision Science is announcing a $1 million partnership with the Region of Waterloo, expanding community members' access to world-class eye and vision care through the new Waterloo Eye Institute.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Christine Muschik and Ben Thompson named University Research Chairs

Side by side head shots of Profs. Christine Muschik and Ben Thompson

Quantum physicist Christine Muschik and vision scientist Ben Thompson were each named a 2022 University Research Chair at the last University Senate meeting.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Vision Scientist Ben Thompson awarded New Zealand's top scientific prize

Collage of headshots of all members on the Neonatal Glucose Studies Team

Professor Ben Thompson is part of an inter-disciplinary research team that won New Zealand’s 2021 Te Pūiaki Putaiao Matua a Te Pirimia Science Prize, for changing international neonatal hypoglycemia practice. The prize is New Zealand's top award for scientific discoveries that have had a significant economic, health, social and/or environmental impact around the world.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Stabilizing low blood sugar in infancy prevents long-term brain damage

Medical person pricking new born baby heel for blood samples testing

Low blood sugar in infancy is serious, but treatment can ward off long-term brain damage in infants, a new study has found.

The study from the University of Waterloo and the University of Auckland is the first research of its kind to declare stabilizing blood sugar levels in newborns with hypoglycemia prevents brain damage.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Coffee time: Caffeine improves reaction to moving targets

Pouring a cup of coffee

That morning coffee might be even more helpful than you think.

In the first study of its kind to explore caffeine’s effects on dynamic visual skills, researchers concluded that caffeine increases alertness and detection accuracy for moving targets. Caffeine also improved participants’ reaction times.