Following Academy Success, CORE Knowledge 3.0 Available for Online Play and Customization

Latest Version of Ultimate Eye Science Game Unlocks New Questions & Features

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, November 7, 2022—After receiving widespread attention at the 2022 American Academy of Optometry annual meeting, CORE Knowledge 3.0, the Ultimate Eye Science Game, is now available for worldwide play at COREKnowledgeGame.com.

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has also announced that it has begun licensing versions of the popular game for use by manufacturers, educational institutions, and ocular associations. These unique versions enable customized question sets, exclusive branding, and other unique elements.

CORE partnered with the Academy to prominently feature the digital competition in the organization’s exhibit hall booth, complete with four game stations and leaderboards. Over the course of three days in San Diego, hundreds of ocular researchers, educators, clinicians, students, and executives competed for CORE Knowledge’s highest scores.

The grand prize—free registration to the 2023 Academy meeting in New Orleans—was awarded to Jack Phu, BOptom, BSc, MPH, PhD, FAAO, OGS Ezell Fellow, Diplomate, a lead clinician at UNSW Sydney. Second prize, upgraded accommodations at Academy 2023, was scooped up by Monica Nguyen, a student of optometry at UC Berkeley. Henrietta Wang, BOptom, BSc FAAO, senior staff optometrist at UNSW Sydney, won a featured excursion to be redeemed during Academy next fall. Prizes were also given to the top daily scorers.

The upgraded game features approximately 800 rapid-fire multiple-choice questions created by CORE, the Academy, and members of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE). Content covers a wide variety of basic and clinical ocular research topics, primarily related to the anterior segment.

During gameplay, participants challenge each other for spots on the leaderboard’s top 10. Points are added and deducted as players race a two-minute clock. Since the game first debuted in 2018, tens of thousands of questions have been answered—with more than 6,000 attempted during Academy in San Diego.

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About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit core.uwaterloo.ca.

About the American Academy of Optometry Centennial Celebration During this year’s annual meeting, the Academy will present a “Centennial Celebration” in recognition of its past 100 years. Highlights include “Let’s Dance and Deal”, on Friday, October 28, beginning at 9 p.m. This celebratory party is an opportunity for attendees to mingle with friends, dance through the decades, and enjoy casino games. Other events include the unveiling of an exhibit honoring the legacy and leadership of past and current Fellows and a dynamic 64-foot-long timeline and video sharing the Academy’s growth and evolution through the years. All events will be at the San Diego Convention Center.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Aimee J. Lewis or Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA, McDougall Communications for CORE aimee@mcdougallpr.com +1.585.414.9838  |  mike@mcdougallpr.com +1.585.545.1815

Grand Prize (left) Jack Phu, BOptom, BSc, MPH, PhD, FAAO, OGS Ezell Fellow, Diplomate Lead clinician at UNSW Sydney Second prize (top, right) Monica Nguyen, a student of optometry at UC Berkeley Third Prize (bottom, right) Henrietta Wang, BOptom, BSc FAAO Senior staff optometrist at UNSW Sydney