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October 19, 2016 at 3:13 am

“The universe is merely a fleeting idea in God’s mind – a pretty uncomfortable thought, particularly if you’ve just made a down payment on a house.” – Woody Allen “What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.” – Also from Allen   Life as an  Continue Reading »

Finding a butterfly

October 14, 2016 at 1:59 am

Beauty is sometimes hidden or diguised.  The fact that we can see this beauty is something that we’ll cover later, but for now the main thing to understand is that the butterfly is a master of mimicry.  Everyone knows Nabokov’s passages about their brilliance.  If a butterfly was already perched on the flower in front  Continue Reading »

Intraocular Pressure: Getting To The Bottom Of It (2)

October 11, 2016 at 2:49 am

So, is it a “pseudoexfoliation pseudoinfection”? Maybe not pseudo, because it’s still possible that it’s caused by a virus; we just don’t know.  Take, for example, stomach cancer.  It is the #1 killer in Japan, so the government requires mandatory testing.  But Japanese that have come to the United States are at a much lower  Continue Reading »

Intraocular Pressure:  Getting to the Bottom of It

October 6, 2016 at 3:37 am

Why do some experience intraocular pressure while others do not?  Why the injustice? Everyone has and needs intraocular pressure.  But while everyone is concerned with having higher-than-normal pressure, lower-than-normal levels are just as bad – the eye can’t keep its shape and there isn’t enough fluid to nourish the internal organs.  Higher pressures lead to  Continue Reading »

A Symfony for your eyes (part 2)

September 30, 2016 at 9:04 pm

So what is this revolutionary technology, again?  Regular multifocal lenses are diffractive.  Loosely speaking, 40% of the light is for viewing far objects, 40% is for near, and 20% is lost along with contrast.  Conventional multifocal lenses are actually bifocal, because they are good both near and far but are problematic with mid-distances – the  Continue Reading »

A supernatural mystical story

September 29, 2016 at 3:04 am

I saw a shadow move across the chocolate truffles in front of me.  Maybe I have a speck of dust in my eyes.  The shadow came back, though, so I had to rule out dust.  Well, what about the cat?  It was lying peacefully on the ironing board.  Since there was no one home except  Continue Reading »

A symfony for your eyes (1)

September 28, 2016 at 12:11 am

Attentive readers will recall our conversation about the unique Symfony lenses – a new artificial lens that offers perfect vision and high-contrast at any distance, or even in low light.  Benjamin Eye Institute, as always, is at the forefront and has already been working with these new lenses for about a month.  They were one of  Continue Reading »

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 »

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