Kerala Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2017  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 151-

The final cut

Ashok Nataraj 
 Department of Ophthalmology, Little Flower Hospital, Angamaly, Kerala, India

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Ashok Nataraj
Department of ophthalmology, Little Flower Hospital, Angamaly, Kerala

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Dear Friends,

“Time is a concept and change, inevitable – there is no escape.”

It feels great to be with all of you once again. This is my last issue as editor of KJO, and I express my deepest gratitude to each one of you for helping and encouraging me. Two years ago, I had a wonderful dream, probably impossible by conventional standards, to modernize and index KJO. Today, I stand before you and can proudly say that KJO is a peer-reviewed indexed journal.

“You see, but you do not observe,” says Sherlock Holmes in the story “A Scandal in Bohemia (1891).”

It is elementary if you think of it and it is the keenest observer who makes a good clinician. In this age of modern medicine, observation has given way to gadgetry. With modern equipment and risk of litigation, no one wants to take a chance. From routine magnetic resonance imaging for simple headaches to routine optical coherence tomography before cataract surgery, the change in attitude is here to stay.

Training in surgical specialties is whole new ball game all together. With technology growing in leaps and bounds, a surgeon has no time to rest on his/her laurels. From femtosecond cataract surgery to modern vitreous surgery, everyone has to keep on training himself/herself for new challenges. Here comes the art of observation. Only the most careful observer can survive the race.

Fellowship training is the order of the day. It is great as it involves systematic training and ensures basic standards for the trained person. But, in a fellowship, you are put in a mould and you are trained to do things in a particular way to the extent that you become paranoid to even deviate a little from it. You become blind to observation and that is when you stagnate. Remember, fellowship training is only a guideline, and it is upon each one of us to observe the good around us and improve.

I pray sincerely that KJO grows to greater heights in the future and we all remain proud of it for years to come.

“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence”

- Jiddu Krishnamurti