It seems all good things come to an end at some time … That time has come for Evidence-Based Ophthalmology. Our publisher wishes to provide continued support for evidence-based research in formats that reach larger audiences. We will continue to contribute to Current Opinion in Ophthalmology; however, this issue of EBO will be the last in an exceedingly good run for us. We are pleased to have been one of Lippincott Williams and Wilkins' early forays into evidence-based medicine.
For over a decade we have been privileged to be part of your “continuing education” in ophthalmology. Dr Sanjay Sharma first envisioned a journal that would join the best research with ease of reading to assist ophthalmologists to remain up to date in their skills and knowledge. He believed it would be a vehicle in which the theory of statistics, scientific process, and best evidence could be applied to best practices.
Dr Gary Brown appreciated that knowledge from the best evidence could be further enhanced by expert critiques. As a former Chairman of the Board of a PPO and an HMO, he appreciated the economic realities of healthcare and realized the need to marry the worlds of best evidence and medical economics with what will become real-world relevance. He provided the framework for the cost-effectiveness analysis section included in each issue that appropriately became value-based medicine analyses.
Dr Melissa Brown, a 2-time US Congressional nominee, believed that physicians can best be patient advocates when they participate in the political process that creates healthcare policy. The editorial section provided a mechanism for sharing relevant political realities and insights.
Dr Peter Kertes came aboard the editorship first as a contributing editor and later as a Co-Chief editor, as did Dr Joshua Stein. Their quarterly reviews of the ophthalmic literature helped to provide the framework of the journal upon which our most dedicated contributing editors applied their knowledge and critical appraisals.
Our very special thanks go to our many contributing editors and guest editors who have helped year in and year out to provide the critical appraisals for which the journal has been known and appreciated. They have done so for minimal reward; we thank them for sharing considerable time and talent. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and we are all pleased that many of the major ophthalmic journals now provide critical reviews of relevant literature.
We thank Ms Susan Resnick, our managing editor from the get go, for her relentless yet courteous efforts, prodding and cajoling of us all to keep all the trains moving for the life of the journal. Clearly, without her great efforts, the successes of the journal could not have been possible.
Lastly and most importantly, we thank you, the readers of Evidence-Based Ophthalmology, for your interest, support, and guidance. We will miss the interaction enabled through this journal, but look forward to continued relationships through our joint professional work and personal friendships.
Conflict of Interest
The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.