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.

BLOG: Surgeons should adopt SMILE

August 31, 2017

Small incision lenticule extraction, or SMILE, is a procedure where a femtosecond laser is used to create an intrastromal lenticule that is surgically extracted through…

BLOG: Approved products for challenging cases needed

August 8, 2017

I have a message for the FDA: What surgeons really need in practicing medicine in the U.S. are approved products for unusual cases. How many orphan procedures would…

BLOG: The quest for artificial intelligence-driven EHR

July 19, 2017

Many physicians are frustrated by the requirement to document their quality of care through the new MACRA and MIPs quality of care rules from CMS. For most, it is…

BLOG: Consider cataract surgery sooner rather than later in glaucoma patients

July 3, 2017

I encourage everyone to think about an earlier approach to cataract surgery in patients with glaucoma, and here is why: Earlier surgery does a favor to the ocular…

BLOG: Patients find significant relief with microblepharoexfoliation

June 2, 2017

Advances in dry eye are coming at a furious pace, with new diagnostics and new therapeutic agents addressing a condition whose importance has recently been elevated…

BLOG: Apply three questions to any medical innovation

May 17, 2017

Our profession may be particularly receptive to innovation because those who enter eye care are self-selected for being open to new ways of thinking. We embarked on our…

BLOG: Acquisitions bring new investment, enthusiasm

April 19, 2017

The announcement that Johnson & Johnson acquired Abbott Medical Optics for just more than $4 billion was the latest in a series of acquisitions and sales of surgical…

BLOG: A case for peribulbar block

March 20, 2017

If we were to describe an ideal anesthetic agent for eye surgery, it would be one that works for virtually every patient, carries few local risks, provides deep…

BLOG: Millennial doctors offer valuable assets

February 28, 2017

There probably has never been a generation that, in middle age, didn’t look with some judgment on the group following in its footsteps. So it’s not…

BLOG: When costly drugs are standard of care

February 10, 2017

Let’s say you’re going to the hardware store to buy a wrench. Naturally, the store sells more than one product that can do the same job, but let’s…

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