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Monday, October 15, 2018

Abnormal vision in childhood can affect brain function

A research team has discovered that abnormal vision in childhood can affect the development of higher-level brain areas responsible for things such as attention.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science to have first virtual reality optometry lab in Canada

A new virtual reality (VR) training lab at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science, will help Canada’s next generation of optometrists learn how to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases more quickly and accurately.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

116th convocation ceremonies welcome more than 1000 new Science alumni

Science's 116th convocation stage.

The Faculty of Science held its 116th Convocation ceremonies today to celebrate the achievements of two honorary degree recipients, two highly distinguished honorees and 1007 graduating students. Among them, 786 Bachelor degrees, 66 Master degrees and 40 Doctoral degrees, 87 Doctor of Optometry and 28 Doctor of Pharmacy degrees were conferred.

Morning ceremony

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Myopia and a prescription to slow down progression

Children using computers

According to recent research, nearsightedness in Canadian children increases approximately fivefold from Grade 1 to Grade 8, with roughly a third of the cases going undiagnosed and uncorrected.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Poor vision may be a key risk factor in hospital falls

A hospital patient wearing a fall risk bracelet and using a walker.

According to a recent study by University of Waterloo and Western University, nearly 90 per cent of hospitalized patients have poor vision putting them at serious risk for falls.