This month’s Optometry and Vision Science (OVS) issue brings with it some special news and a superb Prentice Lecture publication that is immediately free and open access to everyone in the vision, eye, and optometry and ophthalmology communities. It also brings news of next month’s impressive Feature issue entirely dedicated to advances and management of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Finally, I announce two 2015 Feature issues and an upcoming Call for Papers for each of them.
First, let me welcome our newest OVS Board member, Andrew B. Mick, OD, FAAO. Andrew joins the OVS Board immediately and you can find him listed in this month’s “inside cover” listing of all Board members. His picture and a brief news note about this appointment can be found in “In the News” in this July issue of OVS. Andrew has already served OVS well for more than 3 years as a relatively regular guest topical editor (Associate Topical Editor) and has provided strong editorial support. He has been critical to our clinical expansion of the journal, beginning October 2012, in an online-only section of OVS that offers rich color and video opportunities without the usual color costs borne by authors.
Andrew has been an Academy Fellow since 2003, is the incoming Chair for the annual Scientific Program of the Academy, and is a past member of the Academy Admittance Committee. He has served OVS as a reviewer since 2004 and as an Associate Topical Editor since 2010. He is a lecturer in the upcoming 2014 OVS Workshop in Denver (“OVS Author Workshop: Preparing a Manuscript”). In short, he brings impressive credentials.
Andrew obtained his BS at the University of Michigan (Molecular Biology) and served as a research assistant. Following that he obtained his OD at UC Berkeley, and completed his residency (Ocular Disease) at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
For the past 12 years, he has been at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Hospital (SFVA) as a Staff Optometrist with associated clinical faculty appointments at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and UCSF Department of Ophthalmology since 2007. He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor for both institutions. Andrew has won numerous awards for clinical excellence in patient care and teaching and has written four chapters in textbooks on Ocular Trauma and Lacrimal Disorders. He is a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and the Secretary-Treasurer of its Optometric Glaucoma Foundation. He serves on numerous committees at SFVA. Andrew has 11 peer-reviewed published papers and posters—most since 2002 (with seven published articles in the last 4 years). He is active in providing continuing education (CE) including in the Academy’s annual CE courses.
I am also delighted to draw your attention to a wonderful publication this month by our 2013 Prentice medalist, Gordon Legge, PhD. He is arguably the world’s leading researcher in Low Vision, and his article, which leads this July issue, provides an enlightening and interesting accounting of his research. In this case, he focuses on increasing accessibility for our low-vision patients and colleagues. He characterizes visual accessibility as making an environment, device, or display usable (accessible) by those with low vision. Our Prentice medalist describes the challenges of visual accessibility to these people and he gives us a clear insight into the ways vision science plays an important role in enhancing visual accessibility for people with low vision. In particular, he is now emphasizing and conducting collaborative research in real-world contexts related to both architectural accessibility and reading accessibility. As I noted, OVS has made his publication completely open access and free to anyone.
I now turn to OVS Feature theme issues. Next month, we devote the entire issue to AMD. As you will learn, a lot has been happening in research and management in the past decade and focusing on the topic is timely and very appropriate. You will benefit from 24 publications, including six reviews. The papers range from a clinical overview of AMD, to AMD epidemiology, to AMD pathogenesis, to biomarkers of AMD—including attention to the functional assessment and optimization of residual vision for those with central vision loss from AMD, including the potential for Google Glass to play a future role for these patients.
Then, in October, we bring you a second Feature theme issue entirely devoted to Wavefront Refraction and Correction and its quite spectacular advances and promise for the future.
As we look forward to 2015, we plan to publish two more Feature theme issues: one dedicated to Dry Eye Disease. The second takes a special look at the amazing possibilities for the future for contact lens use beyond correction of refractive error (“Revolutionary Future Uses of Contact Lenses”). Lyndon Jones, OD, PhD, FAAO, will lead a team of top clinicians and researchers to bring that Feature issue together. Next month, OVS will announce a Call for Papers for both those Feature issues with 2014 submission deadlines and 2015 publication dates.
So what do we have for you now—in this month’s OVS issue? This is also good news. As usual, the best way to preview the content is to go to the brief OVS Announces section of this July issue. You will find papers related to myopia (5); refractive error, surgery, and accommodation (3); binocular vision and eye movements (3); application of biometry measures in the eye (2); contact lenses (2); and retinal and posterior segment (3).
Come on in. The water is fine!
Editor in Chief
Optometry and Vision Science