Protecting Sight Daily Learning #11: One Ted Talk, cataract surgery, journal article, and book chapter. #ProtectingSight

Welcome to day #11 of my daily learning journal. My goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery video each day. In addition, I plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, short story or other piece of significant work.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Jacqueline Woodson: What reading slowly taught me about writing. “Reading slowly — with her finger running beneath the words, even when she was taught not to — has led Jacqueline Woodson to a life of writing books to be savored. In a lyrical talk, she invites us to slow down and appreciate stories that take us places we never thought we’d go and introduce us to people we never thought we’d meet. ‘Isn’t that what this is all about — finding a way, at the end of the day, to not feel alone in this world, and a way to feel like we’ve changed it before we leave?’ she asks.” (

Ted Talks are the favorite part of my new daily learning goal. I usually open the iPad app and look for an interesting title, Ted recommendation, or search result by view count. Each Ted Talk is filled with life lessons and actionable pearls.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Cataract Quiz: Why shift the capsulorhexis? Uday Devgan MD. Uday continues to post and analyze excellent cases. I often use Uday’s pearls in surgery. The relentless pursuit of perfection.

2B. D.I.S.H (Do It SomeHow) technique for Soft Cataract. Dr. Nishant Nawani. For many years, I thought I was the only one who found great challenges with the soft cataract.

3. Journal articles – Incidence Rate of Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus: A Retrospective Cohort Study from 1994 through 2018. “Conclusion: The incidence of HZO has increased 3.6% per year from 1994 to 2018 in the United States. Since 2008, HZO incidence declined in individuals younger than 21 years and older than 60 years while increasing at a lower rate in middle-aged adults. Given the continued increase, greater efforts should be made to vaccinate eligible adults 50 years of age and older. More research on earlier vaccination is warranted.” DOI:

Photos vs. FAF
PHOTOS VS. FAF. Fundus photographs (top) and autofluorescence images (bottom) of a patient with RP caused by a heterozygous SNRNP200 mutation. The relatively subtle macular findings in the photos are more apparent on FAF: hypoautofluorescence centrally with a surrounding hyperautofluorescent ring. The FAF findings are less marked in the right eye, which corresponds to better acuity in that eye. (EyeNet June 2020)

3B. Retinitis Pigmentosa, Part 1: Understanding the Basics.  Written By: Xian Hui Lim, MBBS, Daniel S.W. Ting, MD, PhD, and Adrian Koh, MBBS, FRCS, MMED, FRCOphth, FAMS. Edited By: Ingrid U. Scott, MD, MPH, and Bennie Jeng, MD. EyeNet June 2020.

4A. Sun Tzu. The Art of War. Many podcast hosts & guests recommend The Art of War. I read The Art of War within the last year — after picking up a copy at the Cherry Hill Library used book sale — and am delighted to re-engage with the podcast edition. Filled with leadership, management, conflict resolution, and negotiation pearls. Chapter 5-13 done today. (FINISHED!) ( has many free book podcasts.)

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

4B. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice. Chapters 1-6 via podcast. Excellent narration. I normally don’t venture into fiction and decided to start with the most popular on

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I hope you enjoy these selections.

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