Dr. Wallace-Tucker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida in 2006 and her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) in 2010. She subsequently completed a residency in cornea and contact lens at UHCO. Dr. Wallace Tucker is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UHCO, where her clinical practices include the Cornea and Contact Lens Service and Family Practice Service. As a Therapeutic Doctor of Optometry, she is licensed to diagnose and treat ocular disease and is certified by the Texas Optometry Board to practice as a Glaucoma Specialist. Dr. Wallace-Tucker is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Wallace-Tucker’s clinical and research interests include specialty contact lens fitting and the treatment and diagnosis of anterior segment disease.
I was born and raised in Ann Arbor Michigan. After graduation from high school I attended the University of Michigan majoring mechanical engineering. Three years of that convinced me that I needed to rethink my educational goals. After 3 years in the Army I returned to Michigan and enrolled at Michigan State University in Psychology where, in a period of 5 years, I obtained a B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental Psychology. After graduation I joined the faculty of the Massachusetts College of Optometry where I taught Vision Science and began my career in clinical electrophysiology. While on the faculty I entered the accelerated clinical program for students with a Ph.D. degree and was granted the OD Degree after 2 years of study. One year later I came to the University of Houston and joined the Optometry College faculty. Over the years my interests have shifted from vision science to retinal pathology. I am presently the director of the Ocular Diagnostic Service and teach retinal pathology in the third year of the professional program.
My Clinical interests center largely on the retina and the optic nerve. The University Eye Institute, Ocular Diagnostic Service is one of the finest equipped facilities of its type in the world. I routinely use the full range of the classical electrical physiological tests (VEP, ERG & EOG) along with visual field testing, ultrasound, and the major scanning laser devices to diagnosis retinal and or optic nerve disease.
Janice Wensveen received her Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, Canada, and her Ph.D. in Physiological Optics from the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Wensveen is currently Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston where she teaches binocular vision in class, lab, and in the clinic. Her research interests center on compromised binocular function resulting from early image degradation and strabismus.
My long-term research goals are to understand the mechanisms and principles that govern visual development, to explain how early abnormal visual experience (e.g., due to form deprivation or strabismus) can result in amblyopia and/or anomalous binocular vision and thereby, to design better interventions to preserve normal monocular and binocular vision (e.g., for infants with unilateral cataract or strabismus). My current project focuses on how the effects of normal and abnormal visual experience are integrated over time during the critical period. Recently, we have found that daily short periods of normal vision can rescue infant monkeys from the severe amblyogenic effects of much longer periods of form deprivation, and can preserve stereopsis in monkeys reared with much longer periods of optical strabismus. In addition I am developing a model of the susceptibility of stereopsis to infantile esotropia to determine whether the duration of strabismus or age at alignment influences stereopsis to a greater degree. Taken together, this work will provide a clearer understanding of the relative influences of normal vs. abnormal binocular visual experience on visual development and help to guide clinicians in managing cases where there is some impediment to normal binocular vision.
Dr. Wensveen's clinical interests include anomalies of vergence and accommodation that compromise efficient binocular vision. She works with patients to help them overcome binocular vision anomalies in the FAMILY PRACTICE VISION THERAPY SERVICE. Her secondary interest is in contact lenses.
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