A 1980 ARTICLE ENTITLED "Epidemiology in Ophthalmology"1 lamented the fact that, ". . . ophthalmology, like many other medical specialties, is steeped in tradition and places great value on expert opinion." The article advocated for a more scientifically rigorous, epidemiological approach to the study of ophthalmic diseases and their treatments. Now, 2 decades later, it is time to reexamine the definition of epidemiology and its role in ophthalmology and to explore whether and how ophthalmic epidemiology has matured over the ensuing years.
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