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Call for papers - Light and vision: from eye health to vision performance

Guest Editors

Safal Khanal, OD, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Ramin Khoramnia, MD, University Eye Clinic Heidelberg, Germany
António Filipe Macedo, PhD, Linnaeus University, Sweden

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 13 August 2024


BMC Ophthalmology is calling for submissions to our Collection on both short and long-term effects of light on the eye, human health, and vision performance. Balanced light conditions are a basic requirement for humans to perceive their surroundings and to regulate body cycles such as the circadian rhythm and are therefore fundamental for vision and overall human health. This Collection, thus, explores a wide range of topics related to the effects of light on eye health and vision performance.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Safal Khanal, OD, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Dr Safal Khanal is an assistant professor in the Department of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research program focuses on the regulatory mechanisms of eye growth and refractive development, with a specific interest in identifying the causes of myopiagenesis and developing effective myopia control interventions.


Ramin Khoramnia, MD, University Eye Clinic Heidelberg, Germany

Professor Dr Ramin Khoramnia is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Chairman in the Department of Ophthalmology at Heidelberg University. In addition to his clinical work, he serves as the head of the refractive surgery section. His research at the David J. Apple International Laboratory for Ocular Pathology is primarily focused on biomaterials, surgical devices, intraocular drugs (especially for macular diseases) and intraocular lens optics. Dr Khoramnia is also a distinguished Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology.

António Filipe Macedo, PhD, Linnaeus University, Sweden

António Filipe Macedo is a professor of optometry at the Department of Medicine and Optometry, Linnaeus University, Sweden. He was awarded his PhD from University College London, Institute of Ophthalmology in London for his research on low vision and vision rehabilitation. He is a clinical scientist and teacher with expertise in epidemiology, basic and clinical research in several areas of ophthalmology. Dr Macedo holds numerous memberships and affiliations with scientific organizations, reviews regularly for a range of journals and is a member of several editorial boards.

About the Collection

BMC Ophthalmology is calling for submissions to our Collection on both short and long-term effects of light on the eye and human health and vision performance. 
Human eyes have the amazing capacity to capture and transform visible light into information-rich images. Balanced light conditions are a basic requirement for humans to perceive their surroundings or to control body cycles such as the circadian rhythm. Therefore, optimal light is fundamental for human health and vision performance. 

Light can be a double-edged sword. For blue light, UV light or lasers the frontier between harmful and therapeutic effects is narrow and remains a matter of scrutiny. 

This collection welcomes research articles that address both short-term and long-term effects of light on the eye and human health and vision performance. Potential topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Natural light and circadian rhythm
  • Photophobia and light sensitivity
  • Photoreceptor Sensitivity
  • Ageing eyes and light
  • Eye development and light
  • Eye safety and occupational hazards
  • Blue light, digital eye strain and computer vision syndrome
  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation and eye protection
  • Lightening conditions and visual performance
  • Light therapy and eye health
  • Refraction and visual acuity


Image credit: Dr A. Macedo

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Light and vision: from eye health to vision performance" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.