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The Dirty Dozen

I almost missed it. Does ophthamology really only have 12 letters? Since it was listed as the number one reason why EyeNet was changing from 10 to 12 issues in “The Reasons for Going Monthly More Than Meets the Eye?” (Opinion, January), I thought I should check the facts.

As I began to count the letters, I thought for sure Dr. Mills was going to leave out the first “h” as everyone else does. I was so fixated on this that I almost missed the missing “l.” But then my trusty obsessive-compulsive eye caught the typo.

I thought EyeNet was really reaching for this one until a colleague pointed out that this was a reference to an earlier Opinion (March 2010) in which Dr. Mills made it his mission to find an abbreviation for ophthalmology that would accommodate the texting generation. I personally appreciate this, as I’m still pecking out Morse code on my flip phone and often must reference the abbreviations in my texting dictionary. BTW, I would like to request a referral to Dr. Mills’ hand surgeon to increase my texting efficiency with similar dodecadactyly.

Just wanted to drop a line to say thanks for honing my editing skills!

Natasha L. Herz, MD   
Rockville, Md.   
Chair, YO Info Editorial Board   

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