Stephanie Smith

BSc, MSc, OC(C), COMT; Assistant Professor


Phone: (902) 470-8947
Mailing Address: 
IWK Health Centre
5850 University Avenue, 6th Floor
P.O.Box 9700, Halifax, NS
B3K 6R8

Clinical Appointments

  • Orthoptist/Ophthalmic Medical Technologist, IWK Health Centre, Halifax NS


  • BSc with honours, Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS 1994
  • MSc, Biology, Dalhousie University 1996
  • Graduate Diploma, Orthoptics/Ophthalmic Medical Technology, School of Orthoptics & Ophthalmic Medical Technology, IWK Health Centre / Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS 2003

Current Teaching

VISC 5210.03 - Clinical Foundations of Ophthalmic Medical Technology

This class will introduce the student to the complexities of analysis of the visual system. This will be achieved through clinical scenarios in which the student will be required to engage in direct patient care, including sensory visual evaluation, physical ocular assessment, and biomedical application of ophthalmic instrumentation.

FORMAT: Lecture and lab
PREREQUISITE: VISC 5211.03 and 5230.03

VISC 5211.03 - Clinical Foundations of Orthoptics

This class will provide students with an opportunity to explore in depth topics of interest in the ophthalmic field. The students will then have a sound knowledge base of potential areas of research and detailed knowledge of the field in which his/her thesis work will likely be undertaken.

FORMAT: Seminar format
PREREQUISITE: VISC 5210.03 and 5220.06

This class will introduce the student to the wonders of binocular vision in its normal presentation and also the intricacies of its abnormalities. Integral to the class material will be the analysis of responses of the binocular system to various clinical challenges.

FORMAT: Lecture and lab
PREREQUISITE: This class is a prerequisite for Practicum I

VISC 5340.03 - Treatment of Visual Disorders

This class introduces a variety of therapeutic approaches to visual disorders with an in depth examination of historical and current methods of treating amblyopia and other developmental anomalies of the visual system. The treatment of acquired anomalies as well as routine spectacle and surgical treatment of refractive disorder will be covered.

FORMAT: Lecture and lab

Research Interests & Activities

Stephanie’s research interests include low vision and treatment of intermittent exotropia. She is currently serving on the supervisory committees of three CVS students.