• The American Academy of Ophthalmology's newsletter for senior ophthalmologists (SOs). Scope is published quarterly, with all articles posted online and a PDF download available for print. The online archive includes all articles starting with the summer 2017 issue and select articles from prior issues.

  • Polysemous words carry related but sometimes remarkably distinct meanings that vary with context. I was frequently exposed to this issue when attending scientific meetings with my friend, professor Joseph Bogan.
    Five years ago, M. Bruce Shields, MD, became the editor of Scope Newsletter. His debut editorial was titled “Changes,” as he announced the passing of the baton, which he picked up from the late David W. Parke, MD.
    As we enter a new year (mercifully, some might say), I am pleased to announce that Scope is also entering an exciting new phase with the appointment of Alfredo A. Sadun, MD, PhD, as editor of Scope, our newsletter for the senior ophthalmologist.
    For the past few years, I have been looking forward to 2020. It is, after all, the number that represents a goal of our profession (namely, good vision), and it was proclaimed to be the Year of the Eye.
    People walking around in masks, keeping their social distance, compulsively washing and sanitizing their hands. The world living in fear as the death toll rises daily. Mixed messages from governments and even health authorities creating uncertainty about prudent behavior. A…
    As seniors, we seem to get a lot of blame for the escalating cost of health care in the U.S. Yet recent evidence suggests that just the opposite may be true, at least in the area of heart health. That is good news not only for us, but also for the economy of the country.
    M. Bruce Shields, MD, offers his observations on the optical illusion and the tragedy of the optical delusion.
    M Bruce Shields, MD, offers his observations on the remarkable changes in health care delivery during his lifetime.
    M Bruce Shields, MD, offers his observations on the ethical responsibilities of ophthalmologists.
    In the Winter 2017 issue of Scope in Tom Harbin’s book review section, I shared with you the tragic memoir of a young neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Kalanithi, who describes in “When Breath Becomes Air” his courageous battle with terminal lung cancer.