Author Affiliation: New Jersey Medical School, Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Newark.
For many of us, it is easy to imagine the phrase “translational research” referring to a clinician-scientist performing experimental surgery in the laboratory to test a new drug delivery device or a biomaterial for cell-based therapy. Perhaps we are less likely to think of ray tracings, nodal points, and Goldmann visual field diagrams as the basis of translational research. Of course, this bias is not valid. Expertise in optics applied to the design of spectacles is a common part of clinical ophthalmic practice around the world. Logically, this expertise can be applied to develop novel treatments for patients with visual disability. A report by Apfelbaum et al1 illustrates this example of translational research very well.
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