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The Latin American Journal of Ophthalmology (LAJO) is an open-access peer-reviewed international journal committed to publishing high-quality articles in the field of Ophthalmology. The journal aims to present the most current information in ophthalmology by summarizing recent clinical trials in light of practice patterns and previous studies. The journal is owned and published by the Scientific Scholar.


Our audience includes Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Researchers, Clinicians, other medical professionals and medical students. The goal is to create meaningful summaries on how clinical studies impact the clinical care of patients.


The Latin American Journal of Ophthalmology (LAJO) aims to present the most current information in ophthalmology by summarizing recent clinical trials in light of practice patterns and previous studies.

Review Process

LAJO has a highly rigorous double-blinded peer-review process that makes sure that manuscripts are scientifically accurate, relevant, novel and important. Authors disclose all conflicts of interest, affiliations and financial disclosures such that the published content is not biased.

In-house submissions that contain the work of any editorial board member, are not allowed to be reviewed by that editorial board member and all decisions regarding this manuscript are made by an independent editor. In addition, these manuscripts are reviewed by the two external reviewers. This is also disclosed in the published manuscript under the section of Conflict of Interest.

Editorial Team

The editorial board comprises a panel of experts in ophthalmology from various countries to provide their expertise and guidance to the Editor-In-Chief in maintaining the clarity of content and focus of the journal’s purpose.

About the Editors

David Pelayes, MD, PhD
Editor in Chief
Latin American Journal of Ophthalmology

Dr. David Pelayes is a professor of Ophthalmology at the Maimónides University and also at the University of Buenos Aires.
He graduated with honors from the University of Buenos Aires in 1990. He performed his residency in the Ophthalmology Hospital José de San Martín, University of Buenos Aires, from 1991 to 1994. He holds a post-graduate degree in retina and vitreous from Hospital Carlos G. Durand, University of Buenos Aires, where he studied from 1995 to 1997.
He occupies many administrative positions and is currently the Coordinator of Laboratory of Ophthalmic Research and Visual Sciences (LIOCiV), from the Pathology Department of the University of Buenos Aires. In addition he is also the Head of the Department of Vitreous, Retina and Oncology at the Hospital Carlos G. Durand, University of Buenos Aires.
He is the Director of post-graduate studies on vitreous and retina and Director of post-graduate studies in ocular oncology at the School of Medicine, at the University of Buenos Aires. In addition, he is also the Director of the specialization in Ophthalmology at Maimónides University. He has edited and written many books and book chapters in the field of retina, vitreous and oncology ophthalmology, and has 193 publications, including 41 scientific articles to his name.
He is a member of the Executive Committee of various national and international societies of retina and vitreous, ocular trauma and oncology: ISOT, Euretina, Eurolam, Sociedad Panamericana de Oncología Oftalmológica (Panamerican Society of Ophthalmic Oncology), Academia Latinoamericana de Oftalmología (Latin American Academy of Ophthalmology). He is the Editor in Chief of Ophthalmic Research and a member of the Editorial Board of Pan-American Vision, British Journal of Ophthalmology, and Indian Journal of Ophthalmology.

He is a reviewer of Ophthalmology, IOVS, Eye, Graves Archives of Ophthalmology, Archivos de la Sociedad Española de Oftalmología (Archives of the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology), Ophthalmologica, Ophthalmology, and European Journal of Ophthalmology. Dr. Pelayes has received 19 national and international awards, including the honor from the School of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. He has received Pedro Lagleyze prize 4 times and has been honored by the National Academy of Medicine Adolfo Nocetti Atilio Tiscornia three times.

Pablo Chiaradía, MD, PHD
Associate Editor
Latin American Journal of Ophthalmology

Dr. Pablo Chiaradía is a professor of Ophthalmology at the School of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires and an Associate Professor at the School of Medical Sciences of the Maimónides University in Buenos Aires. Currently, Heads the Department of Ophthalmology at Hospital de Clínicas of the University of Buenos Aires. Dr. Pablo has taught and trained many ophthalmologists and is also the Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Training Program at the Hospital de Clínicas of the University of Buenos Aires. He has been Director of 6 (six) doctoral thesis.

At the University of Buenos Aires he holds many committee appointments such as Coordinator and Member of the Doctorate Committee in the field of surgery, Director of the Ophthalmology specialization course in the School of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. Dr. Pablo Chiaradía is a well-known expert in the field of Corneal diseases and has been practicing in this field for more than 20 years after doing his fellowship in cornea and External Diseases at Columbia University, New York, USA.

He has published many books, including La Cornea en Apuros [The Cornea Is in Trouble] (Scientific Argentina). Buenos Aires 2006.Cirugía de la córnea: principios generales y técnicas [Surgery of the Cornea: General Principles and Techniques]. Editorial Panamericana. Buenos Aires, 2012. Maniobras básicas en cirugía: Competencias evaluables [Basic Maneuvers in Surgery: Assessable Skills]. Editorial Akadia. Buenos Aires, 2014. Manual de Ophthalmology [Ophthalmology Booklet] for the School of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. Editorial EUDEBA. Buenos Aires, 2017. Cornea y Superficie Ocular [Cornea and Ocular Surface]. Ediciones Journal. Buenos Aires 2018. Introducción a la oftalmología [Introduction to Ophthalmology]. Editorial Panamericana. (In editing process).

He is a member of the Board of PanCornea, Miami, USA, and he has reviewed many scientific articles from Medical Press Argentina, Ophthalmic Research (Germany), Brazilian Ophthalmology Archives (Brazil).

He has published 46 manuscripts and has given more than three hundred national and international invited lectures.

Dr. Oscar Mallo
Senior Consulting Editor
Latin American Journal of Ophthalmology

He obtained his Ophthalmology degree in 1982 from the University of Buenos Aires.
He has worked at the Hospital Nacional Oftalmológico Santa Lucía, in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been Head of ER and the Refractive Surgery Department at Hospital Nacional Oftalmológico Santa Lucía, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He is currently working at Centro Privado de Ojos (Primer Hospital Privado de Ojos S.A), where he is Head of Refractive Surgery and Medical Director of the Center. He also holds a position as Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at Maimónides University in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He is a sought after speaker and has given many national and international invited lectures in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, Holland, Spain, Italy, India and Japan. He introduced many procedures in Argentina, including Keratomileusis, Queratofaquia (1991), LASIK (1993), conductive keratoplasty (1996), INLAYS (2014), SMILE, and PRESBYOND (2018).

He participated in the composition of the books Presbicia: texto quirúrgico [Presbyopia: Surgical Text], Amar Agarwal (2002), Atlas de microscopía confocal en vivo de córnea y conjuntiva [Atlas of Live Confocal Microscopy of Cornea and Conjunctiva], Croxatto, J. Oscar et al. (2009). Cirugía refractiva: conceptos básicos y Avanzados [Refractive Surgery: Basic and Advanced Notions], Cosentino, María José et al. (2016). He has been active in the Argentine Society of Ophthalmology, first as a Treasurer, then as its Vice-president and finally as President of the Society.

Facts About the Journal

Scope of Latin American Journal of Ophthalmology
The LAJO will cover technical and clinical studies related to health, ethical and social issues in the field of ophthalmology. Manuscripts with high clinical interest and implications will be given preference.

The mission of this journal is to publish, promote, educate, and spread the knowledge of ophthalmology in a manner that enables Ophthalmologists to clearly comprehend concepts and practices and encourage further research and technical innovations.

Latin American Journal of Ophthalmology is a platform for practicing Ophthalmologists, researchers, and students to share, learn, and gain an in-depth understanding of the concepts and practices of Ophthalmology, and to understand the technical advancements within the field. The journal aims to make available cutting edge technical and relevant knowledge to Ophthalmologists leading to optimal healthcare for all. It intends to maintain the highest standard of professionalism to ensure advancement Ophthalmology to the next level.

Latin American Journal of Ophthalmology will have eight categories covering all sub-specialties of ophthalmology: Comprehensive, Cornea, Glaucoma, Refractive, Plastics, Retina, Uveitis, and Neuro-ophthalmology. The journal publishes original research papers, papers on technical innovations, review articles, innovations, pictorial essays, case reports, case series and letters to editors. The journal allows free access to its articles.

Many journals consider case reports to have a low impact factor. If done correctly, case reports can be the basic building blocks of medical knowledge in Ophthalmology. We strongly encourage authors to send case reports for publication in our journal. We believe case reports stimulate the reader’s thought processes and encourage them to think of novel and varied paths. This, in turn, results in the generation of new research ideas and is very important in promoting scientific investigation and exploration.

It is a peer-reviewed international journal with a double-blind review process. Its frequency of publication is continuous, what that means is, it publishes the article once it’s accepted after peer review. Currently, we only have E-Journal and do not publish in print.


A manuscript published in the LAJO can be read and downloaded by readers all over the world without any charges or fees. The author retains the copyright of the manuscript and the figures. This allows authors to extend their exposure in the world of medical research and get worldwide recognition for their work.

Abstracting and Indexing Information

The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:

Google Scholar, ProQuest, ReadCube, CrossRef, Portico

Journal Ethics

Latin American Journal of Ophthalmology is committed to meeting and upholding ethical guidelines at all stages of the publication process. We follow the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit our Ethical Guidelines Section.

Plagiarism Policy

The journal uses plagiarism check software (iThenticate) on the Editor’s and Reviewer’s panel in the manuscript management system which is used to check and control Plagiarism for each article under a double-blinded peer review process. Any manuscript, that is found to have plagiarism is rejected.

Archival Policy

We use PORTICO for our third-party repository for all articles published with us. All our manuscripts are assigned a DOI number from CROSSREF, and we are members of Crossref (

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

Latin American Journal of Ophthalmology is an open-access journal, and manuscripts published are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 License (CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0), which allows others to remix, transform, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

Ahead of Print policy

This is a continuous publication.

Subscription Information

LAJO is a continuous publication and published manuscripts in the journal can be read and downloaded by readers all over the world without any charges or fees.

LAJO is published in E-Journal format and the journal is also available in print on demand. The journal offers a Print-on-Demand subscription –


Scientific Scholar LLC ( is a well-respected medical publisher that fully supports open access publishing models, Subscription and Society based journal models through its own in-house peer-review management system – EditorialAssist ( The head office of Scientific Scholar is in Rochester, NY, USA and has a subsidiary arm in India.

The mission of the Scientific Scholar is “Share, Learn and Improve”.