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Eye and Vision Changes from Head Trauma

Optometry and Vision Science: November 2015 - Volume 92 - Issue 11 - p 1036
doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000767
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Submission window: August 1, 2015 to January 16, 2016 for Publication in June/July 2016

Vision and eye problems from traumatic head injury have become a central topic in recent years with both field injuries in the military (traumatic brain injury [TBI]) and head injuries and concussion being discussed increasingly in sports. Some have proposed that the eye and vision impacts of head injury can actually be among the earliest signs of important brain injury, particularly in sports, and certainly the eye and vision consequences of TBI are quite evident; upwards of 75% of all troops with a TBI diagnosis have experienced short- or long-term vision disorders, such as double vision, light sensitivity, inability to read print, and other cognitive and perceptual impairments.

Although there is much media attention on the head injuries and the eye and vision consequences, there has been much less attention to the research aspects of these relationships. Optometry and Vision Science (OVS) believes that it is timely to bring ongoing research efforts to publication in a feature theme issue that informs and advances thinking on the topic for researchers and clinicians alike. Consequently, OVS has assembled a team of international experts as Guest Editors for a theme issue.

Optometry and Vision Science intends to bring recent study results and clinical perspectives together in a single publication in 2016, with an esteemed team of Guest Editors (Felix Barker, OD, PhD, FAAO; Glenn Cockerham, MD; Andrew Hartwick, OD, PhD, FAAO; Randy Kardon, MD, PhD; Andrew Mick, OD, FAAO; Mark Swanson, OD, MSPH, FAAO; with Gregory Goodrich, PhD, FAAO, as the lead Guest Editor who will coordinate all submitted manuscripts with the Editors of OVS). We anticipate that there will be great interest in this publication among clinicians and both basic and clinical scientists. Among the topics of interest are as follows:

  • Pathophysiology of visual areas of brain after TBI
  • Diagnostic tests and approaches for diagnosing TBI
  • Epidemiology of types/frequencies of vision dysfunction after TBI
  • Mechanisms of TBI related to types/frequencies of vision dysfunction
  • Financial, social, and personal costs of vision loss and/or dysfunction from TBI
  • Interaction of comorbidities and vision loss/dysfunction after TBI
  • Vision as a possible biomarker for mild TBI and concussion
  • Vision-related rehabilitation strategies and devices for TBI and head injuries

The window of opportunity for manuscript submission is August 1, 2015, to January 16, 2016. Early submissions are encouraged; they have priority dates for E-publication (soon after the authors correct the first proofs; the OVS Web site is All papers accepted in the peer review process will be published in OVS in a timely fashion, but the actual selection of those for the Feature Issue will be a separate decision by the Guest Editor team and the Editor-in-Chief.

Anticipated publication date for the Feature Issue is June/July 2016.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed and must be submitted online at

Submissions must be prepared according to the Instructions for Authors available at During submission, in the “Author's Comments” box, note that your paper is being submitted for consideration of this Feature Issue.

Gregory Goodrich, the lead Guest Editor, will coordinate manuscripts with the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor.

Contact the Editorial Office ([email protected]) for any questions.

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