Introduction to the issue and commentary on recent trends in the profession. By Jack Persico, Editor-in-Chief

The Elephant in the Exam Room

Optometrists deliver a sizable percentage of eye care, yet remain conspicuously absent from ophthalmology’s worldview.

Attack of the Clones

Artificial intelligence tools may be able to imitate some of a doctor’s skills, but they come up short where it really matters.

51 Flavors of Optometry

The profession’s fragmented legal basis lets some states surge while others languish, creating dozens of varieties.

Screen Time on Steroids

Apple’s entry into the VR market will popularize headset devices, putting digital displays closer than ever to vulnerable eyes.

See For Yourself

Sharpen your disease detection skills with a new collection of images, then use it as a springboard to explore our archives.

Surgery Out of the Shadows

Optometry’s embrace of minor procedures is increasingly accepted to be simply one more facet of primary eyecare practice.

Leaving New York

Vision Expo East’s move to Orlando closes the curtain on a long run of prominence for the city in the optometric landscape.

Playing the Percentages

Ophthalmology’s ranks are declining, patient demand is rising—and ODs say they’re open to a bold idea that might help with both.

Baby Boom

The next generation of optometrists is transforming the profession—and our publication.

No Hollywood Ending

It’s worth rooting for cooperation (or at least detente) between the two eyecare professions while still expecting little to none.

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