The Times They Are (Always) A-Changin’
One foot in the present, one foot in the past, and an eye on the future, ophthalmology is a profession caught between three worlds.
Ophthalmology is in a constant state of flux. Almost every day, a new technology is introduced, a new technique is perfected, a new voice heard. It is this constant change that makes ophthalmology so exciting – it never sits still. It seems fitting, then, that this issue focuses on innovation and change. Whether a change of thought, a change in practice, or a change in technology, ophthalmology must always move forward. In NextGen (read more), Sneha Konda and Bala Ambati discuss which MIGS procedures are available today, while casting an eye on those still to come. In Sitting Down With…, John Berdahl talks about the future of healthcare – both here on earth and in outer space – but also reflects on his past. In Profession (read more), John Sandford-Smith exalts the benefits of modern cataract surgery training – but explains why the old ways weren’t all bad either.
Like all our contributors this month, we believe that change is good (often essential) and in that spirit, we are revamping our Power List for 2019. Yes, the list will still celebrate the most influential figures in the field, but instead of selecting the Top 100 ophthalmologists, we are looking for half that number in a more exclusive list; specifically, 50 of the best inventors, mentors, emerging leaders, surgical pioneers and champions of change... With our “Five Top Tens,” we hope to showcase the best, the brightest, and the most forward-thinking that the world of ophthalmology has to offer.
You, The Ophthalmologist community, must decide who will appear on this literal “short list.” If you know a doctor who’s fighting for institutional change, a master surgeon who’s always breaking new ground, or an educator generous enough to focus on shaping the next generation, please put them forward here. Be fair, be kind, but most importantly, be honest. We look forward to seeing your nominations.
I’ve always loved telling stories. So much so, I decided to make a job of it. I finished a Masters in Magazine Journalism and spent three years working as a creative copywriter before itchy feet sent me (back)packing. It took seven months and 13 countries, but I’m now happily settled on The Ophthalmologist, where I’m busy getting stuck into all things eyeballs.