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: 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…

BLOG: Embrace newer presbyopia therapies

February 15, 2018

They say there are four stages of life. First, you believe in Santa Claus. Then, you don’t believe in Santa Claus. Next, you are Santa Claus. Finally, you begin to…

BLOG: Corneal inlays need a boost from eye care providers

January 11, 2018

The Raindrop corneal inlay from ReVision Optics and the AcuFocus Kamra corneal inlay have been implanted in thousands of eyes. Ninety-five percent of patients with these…

BLOG: MIGS simplified

December 12, 2017

There’s no question that MIGS has become a worthwhile add-on to cataract surgery. The well-deserved amount of attention in journals and at meetings to these new…

BLOG: When have you last seen your PCP?

November 8, 2017

Diabetes has been called the disease that will bankrupt Medicare. As the single most expensive disease we treat, it cost more than $100 billion last year in the U.S…

BLOG: Seek talent, grow, differentiate to succeed

October 24, 2017

Over the years, a number of physician colleagues have wondered out loud whether earning an executive MBA would help them better future-proof their practices. To be…

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…