John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS, focuses his blog on real-world comanagement cases with valuable take-home messages. Dr. Hovanesian is a specialist in cornea, external ocular disease and refractive and cataract surgery with Harvard Eye Associates in Laguna Hills, Calif., a clinical instructor at UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute and a member of the Primary Care Optometry News Editorial Board.

Successful innovations benefit industry, practices, patients

November 6, 2014

At the latest American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting, we saw a variety of new devices and drugs to excite us, challenge our current treatment regimens and leave us…

New 'smartwatch' creates need for 'smartvision'

September 12, 2014

How cool is this? A watch that allows you to send and receive SMS messages, view photos and process emails? After Apple’s announcement, tapping on the screen of a…

Inlays will reinvigorate refractive surgery

July 3, 2014

In a nearly split decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Ophthalmic Devices Panel on June 6 the Acufocus Kamra inlay was recommended for approval…

Insurer offers doctors bonus for prescribing endorsed drugs

June 13, 2014

Blogger John A. Hovanesian's moral compass tells him that physicians should beware anytime any third party pays a doctor more to prescribe a particular…

Try an 'unplugged weekend'

April 29, 2014

Ever tried going unplugged for an entire weekend? Turning off your computers, leaving your smartphone in your pocket and letting the television go dark? My family tried…

Take steps to ensure patients get the medications they need

April 10, 2014

In my last blog post on this topic, we discussed the astronomically rising cost of generic drugs in the U.S. and why this is happening. Certainly it’s a…

Why generic drug costs are rising

March 26, 2014

Most of us have noticed the dramatic increase in generic drug costs at the pharmacy, or we’ve heard feedback about it from our patients. But why has this happened…

Google Glass carries potential to improve patient care

February 5, 2014

Google recently announced an arrangement with Vision Service Plan in which VSP would provide frames custom designed for Google Glass, Google’s not-yet-released…

Putting patients' interests first solves a lot of problems

January 7, 2014

In December, a federal judge in Connecticut placed an injunction on United Healthcare hours before the insurance organization dropped thousands of doctors from its…

A successful day in surgery

November 1, 2013

A respected colleague of mine who teaches in a nearby county hospital likes to say, “A successful day in surgery is one where every patient gets a PC IOL, you get…

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