I'm thrilled to welcome you to the 2023 YO Info International Edition.
As the world gradually normalizes after COVID-19, it's heartwarming to witness the changes and the enduring values of the global ophthalmology community, which are beautifully highlighted by this International Edition.
In these articles, you'll discover the essence of collaboration exemplified in a review of the Global Ophthalmology Summit by Ashlie Bernhisel, MD. It showcases the extraordinary power that surfaces when diverse minds unite to combat eye health disparities.
What's more, our commitment to a sustainable future, thoughtfully illuminated by Edinam Y. Hutton-Mensah, MBChB, MGCPS, is seamlessly woven into the very fabric of collaboration. As ophthalmologists, we are not only custodians of vision but also stewards of our planet, working hand in hand to forge a sustainable future for all.
Within these articles, you'll explore three vastly different clinical cases presented by Murat Hasanreisoglu, MD; Tejaswi Prasad PV, MBBS, DO, DNB; and Eduardo Viteri, MD. They not only highlight the potential for advancement through shared knowledge and techniques but also emphasize the critical importance of local insight and understanding.
The enduring expansion of the global YO movement, as eloquently showcased by Jelena Potic, MD, PhD; L. Claire Peterson, FRCOphth, MBBS; and Marcus Ang, MBBS, PhD, underscores our collective resilience across the world. These meetings serve as bridges connecting us across borders, enabling us to adapt, learn, and grow even in the face of challenges, especially over the last few years.
The accounts of Jubaida Mangondato Aquino, MD, and Mike Murri, MD, serve as poignant reminders of the local impact we can make and our collective empowerment to bring about meaningful change within our own communities.
Recently, after what felt like an eternity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I finally had the chance to dust off my passport earlier this year and plunge back into the world of global travel and volunteering. Admittedly, I was a bit rusty with all the long flights and jet lag, but the sheer excitement of returning to the field and reconnecting with old friends and colleagues, whom I had only met virtually, was invigorating.As you dive into the articles within this edition, I hope you'll carry that same sense of excitement, dedication and fulfillment that I experienced during my recent adventure. I'm eagerly looking forward to AAO 2023 in San Francisco, where we can all come together to celebrate the vibrant global community of young ophthalmologists..
Simon Fung, MD, MA, FRCOphth
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Corneal and External Diseases, University of California, Los Angeles
Chair of the YO International Subcommittee
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