Scientific and clinical communities, the world of industry, health professional organizations and consumer associations are all increasingly committed to prevention programs. However, there is still a lot to be done in the prevention of eye diseases. Today, scientists and clinicians agree on the fact that protection against the harmful effects of light (UV and blue-violet, the most energetic portion of the visible spectrum) must begin at the earliest age. Among the risk factors (such as genetics, smoking, diet, etc.), chronic exposure to harmful light has clearly been identified as the pathogenesis of numerous ocular diseases. However, these cumulative effects are not yet well known to everyone.
To better understand the risks and consequences of phototoxicity, we invited experts from around the world to share their knowledge and opinions on the matter of prevention. In this issue, we welcome twenty-six experts: researchers, physicians, prescribers, specialists in photo-protection, market research, etc., and even a young artist!
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U.S. Optometrists begin global initiative of eye disease prevention
Macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts play a major role in the United States health care system and global effort directed to the prevention of these conditions now is part of optometry initiatives. To benefit society both from a financial and a productivity perspective, optometrists focus on four areas in clinical practice: protective lenses, nutraceuticals, genetic testing and periodic examinations.