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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 159

A picture is worth a thousand words

Editor, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports, Centre for Sight, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Date of Web Publication01-Apr-2021

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Dr. Santosh G Honavar
Editor, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports, Centre for Sight, Hyderabad, Telangana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_723_21

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Honavar SG. A picture is worth a thousand words. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2021;1:159

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Honavar SG. A picture is worth a thousand words. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2021 [cited 2023 Mar 29];1:159. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2021/1/2/159/312984

A good photograph communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective - Irving Penn

Ophthalmology is indeed a “visual” science. No other part of the body is amenable to closer and intricate observation than the eye. Diseases of the eye and adnexa are clinically diagnosed by their interesting and distinct patterns recognized on visual inspection under good illumination and magnification. Ophthalmology has been traditionally taught and learned through impressionable images and visually evocative terms - ranging from the mundane ground glass cornea and map dot fingerprint dystrophy to more interesting sunflower cataract, sunset fundus, and sea fan neovascularization, and appetizing salmon pink mass, sunny side up macula, can-opener capsulotomy and beanpot cup.[1] Optical tools and imaging techniques that help us vividly visualize the structures of the eye in real time and high magnification make the practice of ophthalmology even more interesting. Recent advances such as high-resolution anterior segment optical coherence tomography (OCT) enhanced-depth imaging OCT and OCT angiography have left nothing to the imagination.

Ophthalmic Images section in the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology (IJO) Case Reports continues the rich tradition set by the IJO in showcasing striking images that have a teaching point.[2] We invite novel images of rare clinical entities, or imaginatively captured images of classic ophthalmic diseases showing these in a new light, or application of newer modalities of imaging that enhance the depth of our understanding, or clinical-radiological [Figure 1], pathological, and microbiological images with an educational quotient, or vivid images of therapeutic procedures and surgeries. Images could be creative, aesthetically composed, and ogle-worthy, but must have a teaching point. The picture could be single or a collage of related images [Figure 1], and must standalone without the need for a detailed description of more than 100 words. The best of these images will adorn the Journal cover page. We look forward to your submissions.
Figure 1: A 22-year-old man with chronic slowly progressive abaxial proptosis with downward displacement of the right eye (a) showed a hyperintense mass arising from and extending along the supraorbital nerve on magnetic resonance imaging T2 (b) suggestive of orbital neurilemmoma. It was excised along with the involved nerve by the anterior orbitotomy approach (c). Note two small neurilemmoma along the posterior extent of the excised nerve. If these are not identified and the length of the nerve is not excised, the patient may have local tumour recurrence

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To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them - Elliott Erwitt

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Goldberg MF. The ophthalmic photo essay: Inception of a series. Arch Ophthalmol 1986;104:985-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
Available from: https://www.ijo.in/contributors.asp. [Last accessed on 2021 Mar 31].  Back to cited text no. 2


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