As we transition from spring to summer in what has felt like both a lifetime and the blink of an eye, one fact has made itself abundantly clear: The world as we knew it is no longer the same. With some states moving into new phases of lessened restrictions, the once-typical activities of daily life, although somewhat resumed, still understandably remain altered. As life takes new shape, we too must continue to adapt and to accept this new abnormal.
While ophthalmologists work to recover lost patient volume and adjust to newly implemented safety protocols, residents and fellows may grapple over whether their skills have remained sharp and their careers on track. But despite these past few months of minimal to no patient encounters, there has been tremendous opportunity for development. From physician-led webinars to virtual meetings, ophthalmic education reached new heights during the time of social distancing. Although we all certainly missed the hands-on methods of teaching and learning, we must acknowledge the way in which the ophthalmic community stepped up to enable and even accelerate the exchange of information.Many of these changes may last even after the era of COVID-19 is behind us.
This issue of MillennialEYE is dedicated to a similar pursuit of information exchange. Masters in cataract surgery, glaucoma, ocular surface disease, and retina open up about the insights and evolutions that have shaped their areas of expertise. Articles, videos, podcasts, and more combine to offer a customizable learning experience. The field of ophthalmology—and life in general—may look different now and for the foreseeable future. One gratifying fact, however, is that the ophthalmic community will rise up to meet a challenge and evolve as necessary. As a field, ophthalmology has always embraced the spirit of innovation, and that commitment remains stable even in the face of unprecedented change.