Screening and avoidance of blindness: One cannot exist without the other

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Although the concept of screening initially may appear simple, in practice, this subject is vast. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology publishes a diverse range of articles on screening, emphasising the many applications in ophthalmological practice. Recent articles have provided screening recommendations and guidelines for practitioners to use in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease to prevent avoidable blindness and have highlighted public health issues, such as access to care, along with the solutions through telemedicine screening. In addition, this literature has explored how to maximize engagement with screening across population demographics. Finally, articles have extended to artificial intelligence (AI), capturing a promising and exciting future for screening. Authors who publish articles about screening all conclude that its importance centres around the preservation of vision. It is well known that, for a vast proportion of ocular morbidities, early detection and timely treatment improve prognosis. The current edition of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology includes three new papers that report on different aspects of screening in ophthalmology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1133-1135
Number of pages3
JournalClinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Screening
  • blindness
  • telemedicine
  • ophthalmology
  • ocular disease


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