Dr. Laura Jacques studied biochemistry and psychophysics at the University of Winnipeg where she was awarded the Lieutenant Governor Gold Medal. She subsequently pursued functional brain imaging research within the department of Neuro-Ophthalmology at McGill University, after which she was accepted to the University of Waterloo Optometry program. While studying at Waterloo she completed externships at the Gimbel Eye Centre in Calgary and the Eye Associates of Pinellas in Florida, where she was actively involved in the pre- and post-operative management of cataract, refractive, retinal disease, glaucoma, and oculoplastic procedures. Additionally, she was actively involved in research pertaining to the hemodynamics of the retina, dry eye, and diabetes at the University of Waterloo and Toronto Western Hospital.
After graduating with Honours as a Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 2008, Dr. Jacques had the pleasure of completing an additional externship at the Nagri Eye Hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. During her time at the government-funded hospital she was directly involved in ocular emergency triage, the treatment of ocular disease, and the delivery of lectures at the Nagar School of Optometry. "It was a wonderful experience that continues to motivate me to work towards increasing the accessibility of ocular healthcare in order to increase quality of life," Dr. Jacques said.
Dr. Jacques was later drawn to the progressive province of Alberta to pursue the practice of optometry. "The Alberta Association of Optometry attracts keen optometrists and helps them increase their scope of practice and pursue their passion," she said. Her practical expertise includes the management of ocular disease, pre- and post-operative care, contact lens fitting, pediatric optometry, and low-vision care.
Similar to many other Albertans, during her spare time Dr. Jacques enjoys alpine adventures in the Rocky Mountains.