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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 143-144


Department of Ophthalmology, RIO GOH, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Submission23-Aug-2020
Date of Acceptance23-Aug-2020
Date of Web Publication14-Sep-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sharmila Devi Vadivelu
Department of Ophthalmology, RIO GOH, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_122_20

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How to cite this article:
Vadivelu SD. Editorial. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res 2020;58:143-4

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Vadivelu SD. Editorial. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jun 16];58:143-4. Available from: https://www.tnoajosr.com/text.asp?2020/58/3/143/294991

Dear Seniors and Friends,

Two years have passed since I took over the mantle as an editor of TJOSR. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as an editor of this prestigious journal of TNOA, and I would like to thank the members and the management committee for the same. I take this opportunity to reiterate my thanks to the associate editors, joint editors, and the entire editorial team for their unstinting support. You remain my dream team and make my job infinitely easier.

Not a day seems to pass by without fresh news of the tragic death of yet another COVID warrior, known or unknown, succumbing to the ongoing battle against COVID-19. While every one of these stories is soul searing, when the martyr happens to be one of our own, a fellow ophthalmologist, the news becomes all the more devastating.

TNOA mourns the untimely demise of Dr. Sugumaran, on July 03, 2020. A graduate of Chengalpattu Medical College, he did his postgraduation in Ophthalmology at the RIO GOH, Chennai. I was privileged to be associated with him as a fellow postgraduate during this period. A compassionate doctor, he had remarkable administrative skills and excellent work ethics. As a colleague, he was light hearted and fun. His contribution as Chief Medical Officer, in charge of COVID care at Maduranthagam Government hospital, was immense. We salute this COVID Martyr. He will be sorely missed.

Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you – Shannon Alder

An apt description of Dr. B. Sridhar Rao, who succumbed to a chronic illness on the 9th of August, 2020. Excellent clinician, brilliant surgeon, great orator, and a mentor to many, Dr. Rao was also a remarkably wonderful human being. He headed the Department of Glaucoma, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, from 1981 to 1995. He also served as President of the Glaucoma Society of India (2009–2010). He has done pioneering work in determining the safe and optimum dosage of mitomycin C for trabeculectomy and was also one of the first ones to use Ologen implant in glaucoma. In the course of his distinguished career, marked by international recognition and numerous awards, he has passed on a wealth of knowledge and expertise to ophthalmologists the world over. However, his true legacy is evident from the flood of wonderful testimonials mourning his death, from colleagues, students, and patients. “Etchings in the minds of others” indeed. An irreparable loss to all those who were fortunate enough to know him.

Worldwide, millions of people have taken to working from the sanctuaries of their homes. However, this luxury is denied to some, especially healthcare workers who go out to work and put themselves at risk everyday. The risk of infection hanging over our heads like the proverbial sword of Damocles is often compounded by exhaustion, both physical and mental, the torment of tough triage decisions, and the pain of losing patients and sometimes colleagues to the disease. There is also the constant dread of passing on the infection to family members. Psychological support and counseling is, therefore, crucial. As doctors, we should offer help to coworkers and staff. It is also important for us to stay connected, in order to share knowledge of the evolving new reality and to give as well as receive support.

Returning to this issue of the journal, we are pleased to bring you an interesting mix of articles from different subspecialties. On the Coverpage we have images of the Cornea, contributed by Dr Venkatesh Prajna and Dr Naveen Radhakrishnan, our joint editor. The images seemed particularly apt, in view of the National eye donation fortnight observed from the 25th of August to the 8th of September. This is a National event run under the National Programme for control of blindness (NPCB) with the purpose of promoting eye donations. The National prevention of corneal blindness programme (NPCB) of India has estimated that there are 122,000 people with bilateral corneal blindness in the country, of whom 60,000 can be rehabilitated with keratoplasty.[1] Though the annual collection of corneas has tripled over the past decade in India, the utilization rate is still low at 40-45%.[2] NPCB partners reportedly collect 50,000 corneas every year, but it still falls significantly short of the number of corneas required to wipe out the back log. The COVID-19 pandemic which has had a significant impact on the donor cornea pool has further widened the gap. A programme of this sort was therefore needed to promote awareness and motivate people to donate. This month's guest editorial by renowned surgeon Dr. Gangadhara Sundar, Head of the Department of Oculoplasty and Orbit, National University of Singapore, covers a variety of issues such as surgical audits, big data, artificial intelligence, patient-centric care, and professionalism and is a must-read.

As we delve deeper and deeper into our own subspecialty, we sometimes fail to keep ourselves updated about what is happening in other areas of ophthalmology. In this regard, I found the article entitled “Myths in Ophthalmology” by Dr. Akruti Desai and renowned oculoplasty surgeon Dr. Milind Naik from L V Prasad Eye Institute an eye-opener. Another interesting read is a review article “Ocular blood flow and Glaucoma” by Dr. Shweta Tripathi, Dr. Murali Ariga, and Dr. Sreenivasan. The review brief addressing the concerns in the management of large-angle strabismus by Dr. Muralidhar et al. has covered a lot of practical points. We also bring you several good original articles as well as our regular features, the quiz and the journal review.

I wish to thank the authors who have contributed to this issue, the reviewers for meeting the deadlines, and the editorial board for their coordinated effort. I would also like to acknowledge Dr. Jabeen Naz for the proofreading.

TJOSR has used the Medknow Wolters Kluwer publisher portal, Journal on Web, ever since the journal got indexed. Wolters Kluwer has designed an all-new manuscript management portal armed with the latest software and a fresh new design. We are pleased to share with you the link to the new website. Please log on to http://review.jow.medknow.com, an E-mail communication with this link should also have reached you.

I hope you are all enjoying the e-book format of the entire journal being delivered to your E-mail. We will continue to bring out only the electronic format till the COVID situation resolves.

Be safe and take care.

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Gupta N, Tandon R, Gupta SK, et al. Burden of corneal blindness in India. Indian J Community Med 2013;38:198–206.  Back to cited text no. 1
Honavar SG. The Barcelona principles: Relevance to eye banking in India and the way ahead. Indian J Ophthalmol 2018;66:1055–57.  Back to cited text no. 2
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