History of the School of Optometry at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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George Woo, Dr.

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The origin of the School of Optometry at Hong Kong Polytechnic University can be traced to the 1970s when the Institute of Medical and Health Care was founded. The overarching theme in the development of the program has focused on blindness prevention, therapeutic treatment and eye health education.This article details the evolution of the School from 1978 when a certificate course in Ophthalmic Optics was offered to 2012 when the Doctor of Health science Optometry Programme was founded.  Article is reprinted in part from Decades of Success of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 2018, George Woo, Editor.

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George Woo, Dr., The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and University of Waterloo, Canada

Dr. George Woo is an Emeritus Professor and Former Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo, CANADA. Dr. Woo is a member of The Optometric Historical Society Advisory Committee (2018) and a frequent contributor to Hindsight: Journal of Optometry History.