Binocular Vision & Strabismus Quarterly

As I roll up my sleeves further on COVD’s new quarterly journal, Vision Development & Rehabilitation, another quarterly publication comes to mind.  It was edited by Dr. Paul Romano, a pediatric ophthalmologist who had a uniques and somewhat proprietary idea of what it was like to be the editor of a journal.  I hadn’t seen or thought about that journal for awhile, so I did a search.  The journal began in 1986 under the name Binocular Vision and Eye Muscle Surgery Quarterly, self-published by Binoculus, with Dr. Romano as the editor.  The name of the journal changed in 1998 to Binocular Vision & Strabismus Quarterly, and subsequently was identified as BVQ.  Its international journal review board boasted a number of ophthalmologic notables, and included several prominently published optometrists, Ken Ciuffreda, Jeff Cooper, and Bruce Wick.  Its Emeritus members included such international luminaries as Bruno Bagolini (of Bagolini lens fame);  David Hubel (half of the Hubel& Wiesel Nobel Prize team);  and Bela Julesz (pioneer of the random dot stereogram concept).

BV&QIt was always a treat reading BVQ, which I came to think of as Dr. Romano’s journal.  I met Paul in 2001 at a meeting session of the Section on Ophthalmology of the American Academy of Pediatrics co-sponsored with the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Jefferson Medical College, entitled “Why Can’t Eye Learn”.  The target audience for the meeting was Ophthalmologists, Pediatricians, and other professionals who deal with children with learning differences.  Dr. Harold Koller co-chaired the meeting, and invited me to make a presentation on vision therapy and join the panel discussion.  Dr. Romano was seated in the front row.

Dr. Romano enjoyed my presentation, and the panel discussion that ensued.  He invited me to write a Guest Editorial for BVQ about the issues, which I did, and which he published in 2002.  I came across that editorial again last night, together with Dr. Romano’s courageous and provocative comments about it.  We’ve made some progress since then, but can do so much more.

The last issue of BVQ appeared at the end of 2013, the point at which Dr. Romano’s health no longer enabled him to publish it.  He passed away on June 16, 2014, at the age of 79, and Dr. James Mims III wrote a lovely tribute to Dr. Romano in this JAAPOS In Memorium.  Dr. Mims noted:  “BVQ was the intellectual refuge of passionate strabologists whose ideas were new or out of the mainstream. Many concepts now considered well accepted were first published in BVQ.”

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