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  • New contact lens study (Study ID: POINTER)

    August 12, 2019

    What are we trying to learn? This study aims to evaluate the tear film lipid layer (outmost layer of tears) in participants with and without symptoms of dry eye. The tear lipid layer of the participants will be imaged using two different devices and compared to check the clinical suitability of the device software. The goal is ...
  • New contact lens study (Study ID: BEAGLE)

    June 27, 2019

    What are we trying to learn? Despite improvements in contact lens materials, many contact lens wearers commonly report symptoms such as discomfort at the end of the day. It has been suggested that a daily disposable lenses could have benefits over frequent replacement (bi-weekly or monthly) lenses. The objective of this study is to evaluate and ...
  • New dry eye study (Study ID: ORCHID)

    April 12, 2019

    What are we trying to learn? This study is investigating the amount of Proteoglycan 4 (PRG4), which is a lubricating protein found on the ocular surface in patients with and without dry eye symptoms. We will be collecting tears from your eyes and surface cells from your conjunctiva, which is the white part of your eye. ...
  • Learn more about the Centre for Ocular Research & Education

    March 20, 2018

    The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science. It was designed to meet a need for objective, academically-grounded research to support a growing contact lens industry. Over the next two decades, founding director Desmond Fonn developed the organization from a three-person ...
  • Waterloo study finds kids’ eyesight worsening earlier and largely uncorrected

    November 4, 2016

    Nearsightedness in children increases nearly fivefold from Grade 1 to Grade 8, with almost a third of the cases going undiagnosed and uncorrected, according to new research. The team from the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Science and the CNIB found that near-sightedness, or myopia, increases from 6 per cent to 28.9 per cent over the age ...