Dr. Cindy Ho obtained Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees with Dean’s Honours from the University of Waterloo in 2000. More recently, she received a PhD degree in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia in 2008.
Her optometry training involved a clinical externship in Birmingham, Alabama, where she worked alongside ophthalmologists specializing in oculoplastic, cataract, corneal and retinal surgery.
She began her clinical practice providing pre- and post-operative care at a surgical centre; and has conducted research with ophthalmologists specializing in cataract and corneal surgery. She has an interest in finding solutions for patients with complex visual issues. These solutions include specialty contact lens fitting for post-surgical and keratoconic patients as well as vision training and prism treatment for patients with eye coordination and double vision problems.
She devoted many years to research at BC’s Children’s Hospital studying visual deficits in children with amblyopia (lazy eye). Her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Optometry & Vision Science, Journal of Vision, Vision Research, Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus, and the Canadian Journal of Optometry. Dr. Ho enjoys seeing patients of all ages but she finds caring for her pediatric patients especially rewarding. Part of her practice focuses on myopia control and orthokeratology and she discusses with parents factors affecting visual development that may contribute to lazy eye and problems with learning.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Ho is involved in writing for the Canadian Examiners in Optometry which administers the national entry-to-practice board examinations in Canada. She enjoys staying current with research on nutrition as it pertains to eye health and loves sharing knowledge on prevention of eye disease with her patients. When she isn’t working hard on her research or at the clinic, Dr. Ho enjoys snowboarding, surfing, cooking (and eating!), yoga, and enjoying the great outdoors with her husband Chris and son Daniel. She has traveled around the world – both for fun and to provide eye care to those in need. Places traveled include Jamaica, Honduras, Mexico, Belize, Thailand, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Hawaii, China, and Malaysia.