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Our Goal is to Be a Resource for ECPs at Home and Abroad

September 27, 2023

I’d like to share with you an intriguing email I received from a dear friend and colleague in Amsterdam, Eef van der Worp. (Incidentally, I always find his name so delightful to pronounce; it has the air of Dutch elegance.)

Eef posed an interesting dilemma. In Amsterdam, there’s an effort underway to deepen the understanding of presbyopia and its ocular consequences. Sound familiar? It seems the push to broaden the specialization in presbyopia is a global trend. Eef reached out to me for a quote to craft a video, with the goal of emphasizing the need for more education and promoting the myriad treatments available. Here’s the quote I provided:

“In today’s changing eye care Market, we as Optometrists have an obligation to understand and present all of the latest options for presbyopia correction. Presbyopia is more than just Glasses and basic Contact lenses. We now have Pharmaceuticals, Surgical, and custom specialty lens options available with many more coming in the future. What about the changes in the anterior surface of the eye and adnexa that should be addressed as part of the specialty of Presbyopia? This is why we have started a new online publication, Review of Presbyopia and Aging Eye.”

While space constraints limited my message, I want to emphasize the comprehensive approach we at the Review of Presbyopia and the Aging Eye endorse. This includes Dry Eye, Glaucoma, Retina, Aesthetics, Nutrition, and Pharmacology.

Our mission is to curate impactful topics that guide you through the intricacies of the presbyopia domain. At times, certain developments might not appear directly linked to presbyopia or the aging eye, but we, the editorial team, perceive them as highly significant or transformational in the eye care sector. These innovations might someday play a pivotal role in geriatric eye care. Demonstrating this commitment, Dr. Mark Dunbar has penned a compelling piece on the treatment of retinoblastoma. Not only does it provide insight into future patient management, but it also equips you with invaluable knowledge for present-day practice. I sincerely hope you find his piece as enlightening as I did.

If you have colleagues or acquaintances abroad, I’d be honored if you’d introduce them to our publication. Indeed, our moment has arrived.

Warm regards,
Dr. Jack Schaeffer
Clinical Editor, Review of Presbyopia and the Aging Eye


  • Jack Schaeffer, OD, FAAO, Chief Clinical Editor

    Dr. Schaeffer is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He practiced in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was also president of an 18-location group practice and a refractive laser center. Dr. Schaeffer lectures internationally and serves on many industry boards and advisory panels. He is involved with many clinical studies on contact lenses, pharmaceuticals, and equipment. He has recently authored a miniseries on the history of contact lenses and the contact lens specialty practice. He was an Executive Associate Editor of the International Contact Lens Leadership Summit and the developer and Editor of the series, Optometry Scene. Dr. Schaeffer also served as Chairman of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Society. He served as board member and fundraising chairman for Optometry Cares: The AOA Foundation and the GPLI Institute. Dr. Schaeffer is on the College of Charleston School of Business Board of Governors. Dr. Schaeffer is involved in multiple community, charitable, and political organizations in Alabama and South Carolina.

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