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William F Astle


Professor, Department of Surgery; Director, Vision Clinic, Alberta Children's Hospital

(403) 955-7940

Vision Clinic
Alberta Children's Hospital
2888 Shaganappi Trail, NW
Calgary, AB  T3B 6A8


William F Astle, MD, FRSC, Dipl ABO

Dr Astle is a Canadian who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  He is the Regional Director of the Vision Clinic at the Alberta Children's Hospital, in Calgary, and is a Full Professor of Ophthalmology with the Department of Surgery at the University of Calgary.  He completed his Ophthalmology training at Stanford University, California in 1983, and a Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA, in 1984. 

He has worked overseas at the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as the Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology for 5 years, and was Field Medical Director of ORBIS International in 1994.  Over the years, Dr Astle has volunteered his Pediatric Ophthalmology skills around the globe, most recently working as the Medical Director of a children's foundation in Zambia.  He has helped with a trachoma eradication program in Southern Zambia which has led to a National Trachoma Initiative in Zambia. 

He is Immediate Past-President of the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) - an International certifying and educating organization for Ophthalmic Assistants and Technicians.  He is Chair of the Allied Health Training Committee for the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), and is a Member of the Refraction Committee for the ICO as well. 

Dr. Astle is an active educator and is Director of an International Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at the Alberta Children's Hospital, and has extensive research interests including laser refractive surgery in children, pediatric cataracts and implantation of intraocular lenses in children, multicenter amblyopia research with the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG), and research pertaining to diabetes and the pediatric eye.

Research Activities: 

Laser refractive surgery in children

Other Area(s) of Research: 

Pediatric cataracts and implantation of intraocular lenses in children; amblyopia research; diabetes and the pediatric eye



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Administrative Assistant: 

Beverly Robinson
Phone: 403.955.7596