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: Do FLACS, Zepto, miLOOP or all three?

July 3, 2018

It’s now been 8 years since the U.S. approval of the first instrument for femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery in the United States, yet the adoption of…

BLOG: Artificial intelligence corrals diabetic maculopathy in the developing world

June 15, 2018

In the developing world, shortcuts are taken everywhere in health care. Surgeons operate without gloves. Instruments are dipped in alcohol between use in two or more…

BLOG: Emra, Alexa's unborn cousin

May 31, 2018

What if I had a virtual assistant who could do for electronic medical records what Alexa, the little electronic cylinder in my kitchen, does for my family? At a family…

BLOG: The optic nerve, the final frontier

May 17, 2018

Nothing is more humbling than the vastness of space, and nothing challenges our science more than traveling beyond our planet. The focus of our cover story in this issue…

BLOG: Getting out of a DWI

May 1, 2018

A number of years ago I overheard a colleague who works for a large eye care device company tell me she had to speak to a doctor about his “DWI.”…

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…