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: 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…

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…