For a long time research in low vision arguably trailed a long history of clinical practice advances. Clinical practice and patient experiences helped drive a smaller research agenda. But today, some of the more exciting opportunities to advance low vision patient care come from active research in the field and the technology and new understandings that have emerged in the past 20 years. Optometry has enjoyed an admirable leadership presence in both low vision practice and in research, and Optometry and Vision Science (OVS) has been pleased, over many years, to document that. There has been recent advance in our understanding of the cognitive processes of vision and their unexpected plasticity, a clearer understanding of visual search strategies, and the explosion of technology that can help low vision patients. It is timely for OVS to bring together the best of low vision researchers, both as Guest Editors and authors, to provide an authoritative update in the field.
In this feature issue, dedicated to “Low Vision” and its clinical and research advances, you will find 21 published articles selected from more than twice that many submissions. We include two invited Perspectives and Original Papers, as well as a Case Report.
Our Guest Editors are tops! Each has an impressive presence in the low vision field, as seasoned and insightful clinicians, low vision researchers, or both. They have each made landmark contributions to the field and continue to do so, and they are respected leaders in their own institutions and enjoy international reputations. I am delighted that they each agreed to work as a team to put this issue of OVS together. They have been most ably led by Susana Chung, OD, PhD, FAAO; I am grateful for her leadership. Together they bring you an excellent Guest Editorial that provides a “guided tour” of what is in this Low Vision issue, and its context.
Anthony J. Adams