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Editorial
Sep 2012

The Ophthalmologist and Ophthalmic Practice of the Future

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2012;130(9):1203-1204. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2012.1352

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.
Robertson Davies

The pair of articles in this issue of the Archives by Mets et al,1,2 like the symposium at the American Ophthalmological Society that spawned them, is timely, informative, and provocative, encouraging yet sobering. The people whom Robertson Davies, the great Canadian novelist and playwright, had in mind will be sorely displeased. But before leaving the idealized past to consider the considerable challenges that lie ahead, let's first acknowledge the trends highlighted by Mets and colleagues that warrant approval, if not celebration.

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