It's the time of year when we are surrounded by friends and family to watch football, attend parades, and celebrate the holidays. It also happens to be a perfect time to pause and take stock of all that we have to be thankful for and look forward to.

We are fortunate to be in this profession in which we make a genuine difference in the lives of so many of our patients. Sometimes restoring their vision, and other times preserving or maintaining it, we give patients more quality time with those closest to them. Of course there are times when, despite our most valiant efforts, we cannot stave off the deleterious effects of certain retinal diseases. These situations are tough on patients, but they also weigh heavily on our minds. However, there is a silver lining, because these patient cases motivate us as physicians, surgeons, and researchers to find ways of minimizing these disappointing outcomes. Judging by the impressive technology we currently have at our disposal, the future should only bring us closer to our goal of finding cures and preventive measures for the diseases that plague our patients.

Page 50 features “In the Rearview: Highlights of Happenings From 2015,” which recaps many of the new products, study data, and news from the past year. Looking over these entries, there is no question that the field of retina is burgeoning, with no sign of stopping any time soon. It is an exciting time, and we are lucky to be a part of it. We are also confident that 2016 will hold even greater potential for our profession and our patients.

We are also thankful for the kinship of our colleagues. To have so many brilliant minds in such a demanding field is inspiring. We learn from one another, push each other, and, perhaps even more importantly, we challenge each other. However you look at it, we are able to achieve new levels of greatness in the OR and in our practices thanks to our mentors and fellow surgeons and physicians.

As we enter the predictable craziness that comes with the end of the year, be sure to take a moment to think about how far our profession has come. What are you grateful for?

From all of us at Retina Today: Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. We'll return in the new year with a fresh slate of articles on topics most important to you. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on any articles you've read in these pages. Drop us a line at RetinaEditors@bmctoday.com. We would love to hear from you! n