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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 238

Research in ophthalmology

Senior Consultant, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Chaithanya Eye Hospital and Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Date of Submission18-May-2021
Date of Decision18-May-2021
Date of Acceptance19-May-2021
Date of Web Publication21-Aug-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Iodine Reghunadhan
Chaithanya Eye Hospital and Research Institute, Kesavadasapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/kjo.kjo_119_21

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Reghunadhan I. Research in ophthalmology. Kerala J Ophthalmol 2021;33:238

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Reghunadhan I. Research in ophthalmology. Kerala J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Nov 30];33:238. Available from: http://www.kjophthal.com/text.asp?2021/33/2/238/324210

Dear Sir,

It is with great interest that I read your Editorial in the last issue of KJO entitled, “The science of research and the joy of discovery.”[1] The Editorial on the values of research is sure to ignite the spirits of the readers, especially the upcoming ophthalmologists. Ophthalmology, with its range of specialties and related investigations, provides a treasure house of data with myriad opportunities for research that is often unexplored.

There are so many impediments to research that currently exist. A major obstacle is a lack of motivation that is backed by the lack of proper orientation to the fruits of research. The lack of time for a clinician to balance the research work with a busy clinical practice poses a firewall for most. However, these hurdles will melt away once they are aware of the gifts that a properly conducted research offers and how it translates to one's clinical practice. High-quality clinical research always helps to substantiate our clinical knowledge and adds to our experience. When integrated with our clinical proficiency, it can enhance clinical decision-making and open the doors to a more creative and enriched clinical practice.[2],[3]

Judicious utilization of time and resources to analyze the available data is a key to successful and productive research. I wish to share a few suggestions to promote research work in the institutions of the state. An initiative to include a research orientation package in the curriculum of the postgraduate resident programs of the state must be considered and will go a long way to provide the necessary motivation to those interested. Research-oriented and research-related programs may be incorporated into upcoming CME programs with the due importance they deserve. Institutions may provide incentives and funding for a dedicated research department in each of the institutes under the aegis of KSOS and KJO. The Annual Conference of KSOS may review the functioning of these research teams, and a session dedicated solely to this can help formulate specific guidelines and preferred practice patterns relevant to our state in key areas of interest. These guidelines may be published in the issues of KJO on a regular basis with updates as and when required. Key topics in areas with upcoming interest which need awareness among the practicing ophthalmologists must be addressed. Evidence-based guidelines on management must be promoted, if required so, in special issues. An example of such a topic will be the recent outbreak of orbital mucormycosis in the COVID-19 patients and those recovering from it.

I hope that the research mentorship program provides the stepping stones to research to the participants and moulds more “Evidence-oriented clinicians” in the future who incorporate the fruits of systematic reviews and meta-analyses into their clinical practice.

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Sudha V. The science of research and the joy of discovery. Kerala J Ophthalmol 2021;33:1-2.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Masic I, Miokovic M, Muhamedagic B. Evidence based medicine-New approaches and challenges. Acta Inform Med 2008;16:219-25.  Back to cited text no. 2
Kamath S, Guyatt G. Importance of evidence-based medicine on research and practice. Indian J Anaesth 2016;60:622-5.  Back to cited text no. 3
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