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From the Editors | Mar/Apr '20

Alone Together

In what has felt like an eternity, the past 2 months have turned life as we knew it upside-down. The focus of the global populace has shifted to defeating one common enemy. Although immensely challenging and transforming, navigating COVID-19 has been a universal experience unlike any other. People all over the world are bonded by this harsh reality, and they confront it as best as possible, either on the front lines of hospitals or from the confines of their homes.

As I hope most MillennialEYE readers are aware, I have spent this time, in part, hosting a series of COVID-19 Ophthalmology off the Grid webcasts with my cohost and friend Blake Williamson, MD, MPH. Through this program, Blake and I have spoken to ophthalmologists who tested positive for the virus, an expert rheumatologist who is tracking the cytokine storm, leaders in academia who are trying to train the next generation of surgeons, and young ophthalmologists who now face a new set of stressors on top of the myriad challenges presented by training and early career development.

Although the experiences and insights offered on these programs vary, we have never been more connected than we are at this time. In this strange time of social distancing, I find great value in getting together virtually to communicate and interact with one another. I miss ophthalmology as it was and caring for my patients, but I am grateful for the opportunity to still visit with so many members of this fantastic community. I look forward to seeing you all again in person, but for now, we’ll adapt to these changing tides and we’ll do so together.