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