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: 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…

BLOG: Evidence supports use of YAG for floaters

May 24, 2018

Much controversy has surrounded the subject of the use of YAG lasers to treat vitreous floaters. The dogma in our specialty has been that floaters are a mere annoyance…

BLOG: Compound problems

May 3, 2018

Patient safety always comes first, but access to unapproved drugs is sometimes vital to saving lives, or at least eyes. However, we are experiencing a conundrum…

BLOG: Should we treat asymptomatic dry eye?

April 6, 2018

In recent years, the therapeutic approach to diabetes has changed dramatically, with the definition of this disease occurring at much earlier states of the disease. …

BLOG: Big data can help improve patient care

March 6, 2018

The field of medicine is changing as a result of data that can be aggregated from multiple sources, including patients’ portable devices, the Internet and…