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: Take time to learn about new drugs, devices

May 6, 2019

When I was in high school, my mother — a gifted cook — vigorously resisted buying a microwave oven. “I don’t need that box taking up my counter…

BLOG: Femtosecond cataract surgery provides ‘superb’ results

March 19, 2019

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

BLOG: Alexa for eye care

February 13, 2019

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: Use communication technology to save staff, patients time

January 11, 2019

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: Look outside of eye care for innovations

October 18, 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: My evidence-based approach to choosing presbyopia-correcting IOLs

September 25, 2018

Without question, extended depth of focus IOLs have heightened interest in presbyopia-correcting lenses for surgeons and patients. These implants provide an elongated…

BLOG: CXL, refraction correction an ideal combination

September 10, 2018

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

BLOG: Eye care providers need better antibiotic options

August 31, 2018

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: The future is arriving for inherited retinal disease

August 16, 2018

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…

BLOG: Surgeons should adopt heads-up surgery

June 7, 2018

The ophthalmic community is getting more involved in “heads-up” surgery – the use of cameras and 3-D monitors to visualize surgery instead of a…