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Optometry & Vision Science:
doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000216
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All Heads Are Up

Adams, Tony

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Editor in Chief Optometry and Vision Science

A“heads up.”

Optometry and Vision Science (OVS) introduces a completely new venture next month (April).

More than 85% of the membership of the Academy of Optometry is clinicians. And it is Academy funding that makes OVS possible. The Academy proudly supports our leading OVS journal in publishing and archiving the most important advances eye/vision and clinical care breakthroughs for the profession. Since October 2012, the journal has expanded the color and video offerings to its clinical readers and authors at no extra cost to the authors. This expansion coincided with the introduction of the OVS iPad App. The OVS iPad App allows members and subscribers the added advantage of downloading entire issues of the journal for later viewing. Subsequent viewing does not require Internet access.

The interest in OVS by readers and authors has grown for members and subscribers. This is especially true in the online-only expanded clinical content. In response, next month, OVS will publish its first online-only bonus Supplement in full color and featuring numerous video clips. So, in April, you will receive both a regular April OVS issue with 15 articles, with all of the usual Features, and an additional April Supplement with 13 peer-reviewed Clinical Cases and Reports.

The Supplement is entirely focused on clinical communications and clinical care and leads with a superb publication based on a pioneering Academy of Optometry Symposium. The Symposium was on anterior segment (primarily cornea) issues in Phoenix a little more than a year ago. Our Clinical Editor, Larry J. Alexander, OD, FAAO, will join me in introducing the Supplement in the Editorial for the bonus Supplement issue.

Our OVS Board and Associate Topical Editors are proud to bring this bonus “benefit” to our Academy members, subscribers, authors, and readers. All content can be referenced in exactly the same way as in our regular print journal, and the iPad App can be used to download both the regular issue and the Supplement. All the manuscripts underwent full peer review. In short, these are top-quality peer-reviewed clinical manuscripts available through PubMed indexing and contributing to the ISI Thompson Reuters Impact Factor for OVS.

In this March issue, we bring you the usual range of topics.

We lead with an article (Feature Article, open access) on how age impacts the risk factors for soft contact lens infection and inflammation. Younger wearers clearly have more risk factors for inflammation and infection ranging from sleeping with lenses, less sleep, and less frequent hand washing before lens insertion. There are other articles on cornea and contact lens issues ranging from noncompliance, impact of patient education, biguanide-based multipurpose solutions (MSPs) and Acinetobacter infection, and the vision quality of life with infectious keratitis. We follow with four articles on vision function ranging from the reports of color vision deterioration with age, a new validated iPad contrast sensitivity test, computer-influenced blinking patterns, and vision and hearing impact in street-crossing behavior. For those looking for the optimal fixation targets to use in visual field testing in low vision with bilateral scotoma, you may be surprised by our authors’ conclusions from their studies.

And for those following the myopia and biometric measures of the eye, you will learn that downward gaze can impact those measures and potentially myopia development or progression, albeit in rather minor amounts. Our myopia-related publications continue in March with articles on light exposure impact and atropine treatments to slow myopia progression.

We also present an article on the association between stereo acuity and the severity of vision disorders in a study of 3000 preschool Head Start children. Many will be interested in the challenges for eye and vision care and the changing educational opportunities for training optometrists in Africa, with its 1 billion population. Our authors trace the history and current facilities for training optometrists and call for expanded facility resources and more optometrists. We have four excellent interesting clinical cases, complete with clinical commentary by OVS Clinical Editor Larry J. Alexander.

Finally, there is the usual Editor’s preview of all articles in the March issue (OVS Announces), Clinical Pearls, Book Reviews, In the News and New Products, and Calendar, which, along with the Editorial, are open-access articles for all colleagues who visit the OVS site.

Tony Adams
Editor in Chief
Optometry and Vision Science

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