Uveitis Is a subspeciality: Letter to the Editor. General correspondence

Justine R Smith, Douglas A Jabs, Russell N Van Gelder

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    Dear Editor:

    We were interested to read the paper by Kumar et al,1 which reviewed publishing trends in ophthalmic subspecialties in 7 general, clinically oriented ophthalmic journals from January 2005 through December 2009. Abstracts of 12 426 papers were reviewed and assigned to 1 of 10 subspecialties or a “miscellaneous” category. We were surprised to find that “uveitis” was omitted from the list of subspecialties, perhaps reflecting the relatively recent emergence of this field as a distinct ophthalmic discipline. Using the authors' study design, we reviewed the same abstracts to collect data pertaining to uveitis. A total of 581 relevant abstracts were identified, placing uveitis 7th in numerical rank among 11 subspecialties, including the 10 identified subspecialties and uveitis. This was a conservative estimate, since abstracts related to other diseases often diagnosed and treated by uveitis specialists, including scleritis and intraocular lymphoma, were not included. Even so, there were more publications in the reviewed literature pertaining to uveitis than to the well-established subspecialties of neuro-ophthalmology or oculoplastics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)887-888
    Number of pages2
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012


    • uveitis
    • subspecialties
    • ophthalmology


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