Our readers and authors can have great expectations in 2014 from Optometry and Vision Science (OVS). We now head into a second year of enriched Clinical Communication content, with video clips and full color in our online-only section of the journal each month. And we have high expectations for the publication of two Feature issues in 2014 on topics of tremendous current interest in clinical care and research, Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Wavefront Refraction and Correction. We continue to publish the very best of clinical and basic research that informs clinical care—in short, the latest discoveries from our authors’ research efforts. Optometry and Vision Science remains committed to high quality and rigor in all of its published articles.
Just three months ago, the Academy of Optometry met in Seattle and focused on research and education. It did so with a record attendance for its annual meeting: more than 6000 attended, and it was a meeting with surely the highest number of optometrists at any one meeting (close to 4000). The exchange of research and educational advances and the high quality of continuing education offerings surely are critical to these statistics. The promise of the impact of research, education, and networking is not lost on the record number (n = 244) of new fellows in the 2013 class inducted into the Academy with the qualification of FAAO. Academy staff indicates that the Academy Seattle 2013 attendance was up 20% from the 2012 attendance. On to Denver, November 12 to 15, 2014.
Looking ahead, OVS will be adding two additional Editorial Board members and expanding its appointment of Associate Topical Editors (occasional guest topical editors) to accommodate the editorial process needed for the recent rapid expansion in the number of submitted manuscripts from around the world. There is also a current search, by the Academy Board, for the appointment of an Associate Editor in 2014.
This month, Academy members will be asked to respond to a very brief OVS survey on the reading activities of our readers. The focus will be on gauging the extent to which readers now use online access to read our journal, particularly through the OVS iPad App.
As you look through this January issue, you will again be impressed with the breadth and quality of the contributions by our authors. There are excellent articles describing numerous aspects of the cornea and contact lens comfort, including our lead article on the risk factors for development of corneal inflammatory events during daily wear of lotrafilcon A silicone hydrogel contact lenses, highlighting the risk factors and quite rare incidence of symptomatic corneal inflammatory events. In fact, issues of comfort and inflammation are the focus of at least two other articles this month. The role of hyaluronic acid in ophthalmic products, including those used in the treatment of dry eye, is also covered. A longitudinal study, during a 12-year period, makes it clear that refractive error differences between the two eyes becomes quite prevalent as we age and raises concerns about the impact of any uncorrected anisometropia on depth perception and possibly consequent falls in the elderly. I believe that the study, which shows that anisometropia in our patients older than 80 years is 10 times more common (32% of that population) than in our children (3%), also has serious implications and concern for the use of “off the shelf” or so-called dime store readers by our older presbyopes. This will undoubtedly be an article that will find its way to many media outlets around the world. Be prepared for questions from your patients about this!
Other articles span a wide range of topics from a new visual acuity test, optical aberrations of the eye, low vision reading, visual perception and blur, patient communication in eye care and training, an iPhone App for tear film evaluation, imaging the retina, a genetic testing proposal, and corneal abrasion and imaging.
You even have a new and more easily read journal cover highlighting all the articles “In This Issue.”
So let the year begin!
Editor in Chief
Optometry and Vision Science