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Today at BEI

July 28, 2016 at 2:29 am

Day-to-day, things may not seem all that special.  We cannot forget, though, that every day is unique, and that July 27th, 2016, will never happen again.  So how did we spend the day at Benjamin Eye Institute, you may ask?  Well, from here on out, we will be reporting from the scene. We’ve got them  Continue Reading »

Is Our Planet Going Blind?

July 27, 2016 at 1:53 am

According to a study published in Ophthalmology, nearsightedness will soon become almost-endemic. By 2050, half of humanity will have poor vision, as opposed to the “only” 2 billion people that suffered from vision impairments in 2010.  Earth is going to become a planet of the half-blind. We have read something about a “cancer epidemic”, so  Continue Reading »

How I Saw Six-and-a-Half Moons (part 2)

July 22, 2016 at 4:40 am

Part 1 “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star”. W. Clement Stone So the point is…?  It turns out that people with depression have a harder time distinguishing contrast.  The reason that the world appears grey or blue to someone is associated with this phenomenon (hence, “feeling blue”). Is it  Continue Reading »

News  and Curiosities

July 15, 2016 at 7:27 pm

On the Use of Intelligent Machines to Achieve Precise Diagnoses Ophthalmologist Arthur Benjamin is known not only as an eye surgeon at his namesake Benjamin Eye Institute, but  also teaches students and future doctors undergoing residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  It is for this reason that he stays current on all  Continue Reading »

How I Saw Six-and-a-Half Moons

July 14, 2016 at 4:50 am

At the time, I lived in an unpleasant area of Los Angeles.  I didn’t like anything about it:  the ugly apartment buildings, the noise, dirty sidewalks, and neighbors’ faces…  even the moon annoyed me. One evening, though, I noticed that the moon wasn’t alone; there were three pale moons in the sky.  If you counted  Continue Reading »

Redondo Beach

July 13, 2016 at 12:51 am

If Hermosa is inhabited by the so-called young professionals, and life there is just a game of Russian roulette volleyball – and a search for parking, then Redondo Beach is more impressive.  There’s a much more familial atmosphere, but this of course depends on which part of Redondo we’re talking about. The north is mostly  Continue Reading »

The Only Cafe

July 12, 2016 at 4:45 am

It seems that life consists of many indispensable things.  Although you have long since grown tired of your apartment (street, neighborhood, city, country, or planet), when you think about having to move, it carries the illusion of being irreplaceable.  It’s like that shirt you wear over and over because it’s the only one that still  Continue Reading »

A Body in the River

July 7, 2016 at 3:19 am

Ida Sessions: Are you alone? Jake Gittes: Isn’t everybody? If I was stuck on a deserted island and allowed to bring along five movies, one of those would be Chinatown by Roman Polanski.  Despite how many times I have watched it, I still couldn’t tell you what the gist of the engineering scandal is.  This  Continue Reading »

The concert before the concert (2)

June 29, 2016 at 2:47 am

(Part 1) Doctor Benjamin, why is daily exposure to sunlight so good for the eyes?  I thought you weren’t supposed to look at the sun…  Daylight can help your depth perception, the ability to focus, and partially offset the negative effects of sitting in front of a computer in poor lighting.  There is a theory  Continue Reading »

The concert before the concert (1)

June 28, 2016 at 4:19 am

  – Doctor Benjamin, I was at your office last year, and the experience could not have been better.  Everything sparkled, and I could see the mountains outside.  However, after you effortlessly corrected my vision, I realized that those were not mountains at all.  The procedure, then, wasn’t really effortless…  all the measurements were detailed  Continue Reading »

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