The Journal of Narrative Visions (JNV) was created in 2014 by Kalla Gervasio, a medical student, and Albert Wu, MD, PhD, an oculoplastic surgeon, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The ever-growing field of narrative medicine has covered medicine as a whole, as well as specific fields such as oncology in the past. JNV was developed with the intention of bringing more focus to the fields of ophthalmology and optometry through creative works such as essays, fiction, poetry, and artwork.
Vision is a gift that can often be taken for granted if one has never lost it. Just as patients are more than a set of symptoms in a textbook, so to are they more than the numbers correcting their refractive error. In a field that has always been noted for advances in technology, restoring vision itself may be the primary goal. However, healing patients’ hearts and minds by unveiling the world before them once again, is a secondary result beyond improving their physical eyesight, and one that inspired the creation of this journal.
Caring for the blind, performing life-altering microsurgeries, and identifying widespread illnesses such as diabetes through eye examination, are just a few of the many unique and powerful experiences that JNV highlights.
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