Waterloo-Wellington’s population is growing. So is the need for eye and vision care. 

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of specialty eye procedures are currently performed outside our Region because we don't have a retina specialist.*

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more cataract procedures will be needed annually in our Region by 2021, meaning wait times for surgery will only grow.*

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of kids with reading difficulties have undetected or uncorrected vision problems that will affect their learning as they grow. **

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Canadians are at risk of losing their sight due to eye disease. Many don't even know it. **


At the University of Waterloo's School of Optometry & Vision Science, our mission is to help people see.

We want to improve access to eye and vision care in our Region and beyond.

We want to help cut wait times for eye surgeries and bring more eye specialists to our community.

But we can't do it alone.

Help us build the Waterloo Eye Institute, a state-of-the-art eye and vision care centre.

When you give, you'll help patients access services from eye exams to surgery to vision rehabilitation.

You'll enable them to see optometrists, ophthalmologists and other health care providers — all in one place.

You'll help attract new services to our Region so they no longer need to travel to get the care they need.

Together, we’ll provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

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To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact Andrea Carthew, Associate Director, Advancement, School of Optometry & Vision Science | 519-888-4567 ext. 46319 | acarthew@uwaterloo.ca


* Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network Vision Plan, 2015

** Vision Loss in Canada, 2011

Waterloo-Wellington LHIN Vision Summary, 2016

A Vision for Ontario: Strategic Recommendations for Ophthalmology in Ontario, 2013