Photo Essay Introduction

There’s something they say about words and pictures, so we won’t belabor this too much. Below you’ll find some of the most eye-catching photographs we ran on the site in the last year. Set aside some time to scroll through each one: They’re an amazing window onto everything that’s happening in the world–from Detroit’s collapse and the economic rise of China and the Middle East, to environmental disasters at home and abroad.

And then, less seriously, some great photos of those ridiculous fake tree cell phone towers, hilarious examples of what happens when strangers draw your Facebook photos, and a series of the true residents of Portland, who are crazier than anything you’ve seen on Portlandia. You’ll enjoy them all. And if that’s not enough, you can see our favorites from last year here.

1: Beautifully Mashed-Up Photos Show The Glory And Wreckage Of Detroit

The “Detroit Now and Then” project artfully combines vintage photos of the city with images of what’s there now, providing a poignant reminder of what the city was, what it is now and–maybe–what it could be again.

2: “Portraitlandia”: Photos Of Portland’s Most Portland-y Residents

If Portlandia were a photo series, it would probably look something like Kirk Crippens’s “Portraitlandia,” which features iconic Rose City residents in their natural habitats.

3: Look At These Chinese Workers Carrying Mind-Blowing Amounts Of Stuff

11: These Horrifying Photos Show A Destroyed American Landscape That Agriculture Giants Don’t Want You To See

These aerial images of industrial beef farming operations look less like shots of land and more like a post-apocalyptic nightmare.

12: These Photos Of Tiny, Futuristic Japanese Apartments Show How Micro Micro-Apartments Can Be

Micro-apartments are in vogue today. But in Japan, people have been living in the Nakagin Capsule Tower’s 100-square-foot housing for decades.

Read more of our best stories of the year in these categories: Top stories, infographics, photography, maps, buildings, design, cities, food, transportation, innovative workplaces, bikes, collaborative consumption, energy, crowdfunding, robots, environment, health, education

Dear Readers,

Greetings from the Editorial desk!

This issue brings you a bouquet of a wide variety of articles from different subspecialities. An interesting article: ‘Fifteen-year trends in indications for enucleation from a tertiary care center in South India’ by Sabyasachi Sengupta et al has found increasing trends in enucleations due to retinoblastoma and reduction of enucleations due to trauma, chronic uveitis, and glaucoma.

There has been a sea change in the doctrine of management of ocular trauma. The vast majority of open globes can be repaired without requiring primary enucleation. Secondary enucleation is most commonly carried out for pain. Eyes with no light perception can be closely observed if the patient chooses.[1] The current scenario demands proper documentation of eye injuries for benefit of patients as well as doctors.

Any attempt to reconstruct an eye is useful to preserve the eye anatomically and keep the chance of a functional improvement, irrespective of an initial complete functional loss. This observation not only proves that a missing light perception is no contraindication to an attempt to reconstruct an eye anatomically. Despite repeated surgeries, the risk of sympathetic ophthalmia has not risen above 0.1–0.3% during the last four decades.[2,3] On the other hand, evisceration seems to be no measure to prevent the development of sympathetic ophthalmia.[4,5]

On behalf of the Ocular Trauma Society of India, an initiative has been taken for documentation of eye injuries in the country by developing “Indian Eye Injury Registry Form” which is available on the following link: The form is bound to undergo several improvements but I urge all of you to be part of this by documenting your cases of eye injuries.

Ophthalmology is a visual science in more ways than one. Its proper practice may depend more on detection of distinctive visual images and on recognition of characteristic visual patterns than does any other medical specialty. Our ability to observe most pathologic changes and surgical manoeuvres of the eye through transparent tissues is unsurpassed by other medical disciplines and probably accounts for much of the appeal that ophthalmology holds for many of us.[6]

This issue will witness a new and exciting development for our journal – the introduction of photo essay.

A picture is worth 1000 words…. and a series of pictures is priceless!

Keeping with the trend of recent advances and rapidly developing technology, it was only a matter of time before we introduced photo essays in the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology.

Photo essays have been a trend in Ophthalmology Journals since the 1980s. Photography and imaging is now integral to diagnosis in our field and a boon to monitor progress of disease. Photoessays aim at highlighting the importance of utilizing the appropriate technology which is specific for certain conditions and the value of documentation.

I hope that the following photo essay will be the trend setter for this new development and act as an example and guideline for future submissions.

I look forward to many submissions.


1. Savar A, Andreoli MT, Kloek CE, Andreoli CM. Enucleation for open globe injury. Am J Ophthalmol. 2009;147:595–600.[PubMed]

2. Allen JC. Sympathetic ophthalmia: A disappearing disease. JAMA. 1969;209:1090.[PubMed]

3. Liddy BS, Stuart J. Sympathetic ophthalmia in Canada. Can J Ophthalmol. 1972;7:157–9.[PubMed]

4. Freidlin J, Pak J, Tessler HH, Putterman AM, Goldstein DA. Sympathetic ophthalmia after injury in the Iraq war. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006;22:133–4.[PubMed]

5. Du Toit N, Motala MI, Richards J, Murray AD, Maitra S. The risk of sympathetic ophthalmia following evisceration for penetrating eye injuries at Groote Schuur Hospital. Br J Ophthalmol. 2008;92:61–3.[PubMed]

6. Goldberg MF. The ophthalmic photo essay. Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104:985–6.[PubMed]

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