John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS, focuses his blog on new technologies and innovations and how ophthalmic practices can best incorporate them to benefit patients.

BLOG: Grip and rip keratoplasty: More elegant than it sounds

April 17, 2018

There’s an old joke about a rookie executive from a record company playing a sample tape from a new band to his more seasoned colleague. Hearing the music, the…

BLOG: Do MIGS early and often

March 29, 2018

This is an exciting year for glaucoma. We have not only seen the approval of Bausch + Lomb’s Vyzulta (latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution 0.024%) and…

BLOG: Are we blind to the importance of trauma?

March 14, 2018

One of the most gratifying surgical cases I remember from my fellowship training was an 8-year-old boy named Vartan, who came to the ER at UCLA with a perforating…

BLOG: Digital conversations with patients

March 6, 2018

Did you know a computer can diagnose melanoma better than a board-certified dermatologist? Trained by machinery and artificial intelligence, a computerized camera system…

BLOG: If you want to innovate, don't go to eye meetings

February 13, 2018

“Ophthalmology is an exciting field because about every 10 years it reinvents itself with technology that completely changes the way we practice,” says my…

BLOG: Why doctors must volunteer

January 30, 2018

Most of us chose medicine because of an aptitude for science and a desire to use our intellect to help other people. Indeed, every day at work we get a chance to do…

BLOG: An evidence-based approach to choosing presbyopia-correcting implants

January 8, 2018

Without question, extended depth of focus lenses have heightened interest in presbyopia-correcting lenses for surgeons and patients. As our cover story relates, these…

BLOG: CXL plus PRK — we need it now

December 29, 2017

The U.S. approval of corneal collagen cross-linking for ectatic disorders has created hope for so many patients with keratoconus, but the real benefit of CXL is if it…

BLOG: What are we doing and what should we be doing to prevent infection?

December 15, 2017

Ten years ago, the prevailing sentiment among anterior segment surgeons was that the best way to prevent infection from aggressive bacteria was to use…

BLOG: Three reasons why this is the decade for inherited retinal disease

December 5, 2017

David Bogorad, one of my cataract surgeon mentors, used to poke fun at our retina colleagues, saying, “It takes no guts to operate on a blind eye.” Indeed…