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Editor's Note
January 2000

Ophthalmology in the New Century

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(1):116. doi:10.1001/archopht.118.1.116

DURING THE COMING YEAR, the editors and editorial board of the Archives of Ophthalmology will be attempting to forecast coming trends in ophthalmology and visual science for the next century. The very fact that you are reading this editorial in the January 2000 issue suggests that the warnings and predictions relating to the year 2000 problem came to naught (no pun intended), at least as far as the editorial and publishing capabilities of the ARCHIVES are concerned. Therefore, it might seem foolhardy to undertake the onerous assignment of predicting the future of an innovative specialty that has been in the forefront of molecular genetics (the retinoblastoma story), physics (the excimer laser), and neurobiology (neuronal apoptosis). If one compares the contents of the current issue that you are holding in your hands with that first issue published more than 130 years ago in 1869 under the editorial direction of Hermann Knapp, one sees enormous differences. With admitted apprehension, we now attempt to extrapolate forward into the next hundred years to try and imagine what might become possible as our specialty continues to advance.