Optometry and Vision Science (OVS) has received very positive feedback on last month’s leading article by Larry Thibos. Recall that this was Larry’s 2012 Prentice Lecture in Phoenix and was published last month, along with a video of his talk and slides. The presentation, both in Phoenix and in this publication, is a tour de force and should be seen by all optometry clinicians and trainees. If you haven’t seen it, you must. I cannot imagine a more artful and informative presentation of the “wave” of the future—wavefront optics corrections. The OVS publication came not only with the video (http://links.lww.com/OPX/A134) of Larry’s presentation in Phoenix but also with a version for the hearing impaired (http://links.lww.com/OPX/A135). Optometry and Vision Science was proud to arrange this media-rich publication of a masterful explanation of a complex set of concepts in the most understandable way. Professor Thibos was not only a pioneer of this new “modern optics” but also a passionate advocate for its potential applications in clinical practice. The publication is free and open access as the Feature Review for September OVS at www.optvissci.com.
We can expect equally great results with Thibos’ leadership as a guest editor for a 2014 Feature issue entirely dedicated to Wavefront Correction and Refraction. A call for papers appears in this issue of OVS, noting an impressive team of guest editors.
Soon after you receive this issue of OVS, many of you will be heading for Seattle for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. Once again, we can expect an outstanding range of excellent programs and welcome a new group of colleagues to Academy FAAO Fellowship. And once again, OVS is active in the Academy’s continuing education program—this year with two courses. The OVS Workshop is OVS first venture into trying to assist OVS authors and reviewers with a 2-hour workshop on fundamentals. The second, the “OVS Presents” course, now in its eighth year, will focus on advances in myopia research and practice treatments by providing some highlights from the upcoming November OVS Feature issue on Myopia. The course is a fast-moving presentation and panel discussion emphasizing the clinical implications of these upcoming myopia publications with an expert panel of editors and authors.
Finally, I remind readers that, in 2014, OVS will have two Feature issues dedicated each to a single topic. The first is “Age-Related Macular Degeneration,” and the second is “Wavefront Correction and Refraction.” A call for paper submissions is announced for both in this issue of OVS.
This October issue once again covers a wide range of topics that will interest readers; and you will have already received my early September Preview (OVS Announces) of all the articles. We lead with many articles on cornea, tears, dry eye, contact lenses, and corneal surgery. Other topics cover vision function, glare, convergence insufficiency, retina, a novel retinal oxygen measure, optic nerve head drusen, treating retinoschisis, optical aberrations and vision, children’s vision, motion helping poor vision, eye care–seeking behavior, and three clinical case reports.
Each month, I select an OVS article that the publisher’s medical writer writes up to distribute to 5000 media outlets around the world. There has been a great deal of interest in these press releases, and you can find them at the OVS Web site and associated with each of the articles under discussion (http://journals.lww.com/optvissci/pages/default.aspx). I suspect that you will be appreciative of the article selected for media attention this month. In natural vision, both static and moving images are important. When visual acuity is poor, moving images can become very important (e.g., in low vision) and make the otherwise imperceptible static images meaningful. Our authors create blurred images in normally sighted participants in their study and demonstrate the surprisingly powerful effect of moving images despite blur making the static image unrecognizable. An accompanying video clip with the article helps readers appreciate this.
See you in Seattle!