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Why did Borges go blind?

September 20, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Everyone knows that Jorge Luis Borges was blind.  A smaller number of people, though, also know that by the time he went blind, he had mastered the world of literature and philosophy, which are relevant to his fiction.  But almost no one knows why he went blind, except for the experts. Searching the internet for  Continue Reading »

Tetrachromatics’ Loneliness

September 17, 2016 at 2:14 am

Some people are extremely sensitive to color, and others are deeply unresponsive.  Let’s call them chromophiliacs and chromophobiacs (sorry for these charmingly ugly words).  They can get along but become sick of each other in private.  For chromophiliacs living with chromophobiacs, no matter how neat things are, it is a suffocating prison.  And for chromaphobiacs rooming  Continue Reading »

Glaucoma, Eye floaters and Symfony (2)

September 13, 2016 at 2:02 am

Are there many people that need this shunt? At Benjamin Eye Institute, practically every other patient has glaucoma, and the patient’s intraocular pressure will be normal for about 7 years. Many people ask: “Why is it called Benjamin Eye Institute when there’s only one Doctor Benjamin?” He is not alone! We have many specialists.  Ophthalmology  Continue Reading »

Glaucoma, Eye floaters and Symfony

September 10, 2016 at 3:54 am

We talk to eye surgeon Arthur Benjamin about old but timeless themes, and then touch upon a new one.   Let’s suppose that you get tested for cataracts and you find out you have glaucoma.  What do you do?  Modern ophthalmology has a new solution for this with the iStent, a trabecular microshunt.  Let’s first talk  Continue Reading »

Red and Blue, pt 2

September 6, 2016 at 2:29 am

There are companies that claim they can surgically change your eyecolor to blue.  I’ve read that people with dark brown or black eyes have a lot of retinal melanin, those with green eyes less, and those with blue eyes none at all.  The claim is that a 30-second laser operation can affect the pigment of  Continue Reading »

Red and Blue (1)

September 1, 2016 at 3:09 am

No, we are not writing a sequel to Stendhal’s Red and Black.  Due to numerous requests, Arthur Benjamin is once again responding to two questions – one of which is vital for anyone who has eyes, and the other is just interesting.  The first is,“Why do our eyes become red/bloodshot?”, and the second is, “Why  Continue Reading »

Symfony: A New Revolution in Ophthalmology (2)

August 23, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Part 1 Furor or not, it’s understood that not everyone will want them, and the lenses are on short supply, so the spread of these new lenses is limited to those surgeons in the most advantageous areas.  The company has set who will be their main contact in each city and county, and I modestly  Continue Reading »

Do You Have a Twin?

August 19, 2016 at 4:08 am

A friend once sent me the portrait of an English king which shook me to the core, for the simple reason that it looked like me. There’s no doubt that the real king was as different from me as any stranger, but this portrait… the resemblance was objectively there. The theme of doppelgangers is also  Continue Reading »

Symfony:  A New Revolution in Ophthalmology

August 17, 2016 at 2:23 am

As soon as I read in the news that we are starting to explore Tecnis’ new artificial lens, which provides high-quality vision near and far, with high contrast even in low light, I called the Benjamin Eye Institute immediately, forgetting that it was a Sunday.  Nevertheless, Arthur Benjamin called me right back. I wasn’t disappointed:  Continue Reading »

Allergies and Artificial Tears (part 2)

August 13, 2016 at 1:47 am

I didn’t know, by the way, that people could be allergic to dogs.  Cats are a common allergy.  What’s the difference?  Allergies to cats are caused by their saliva, but with dogs it is typically on the skin.  If we suspect allergic conjunctivitis, we conduct a very safe and effective 20-minute test.  Thanks to a  Continue Reading »

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