Protecting Sight Daily Learning #19: One Ted Talk, cataract surgery, journal article, and book chapter. The magic of the Aravind Eye Care System #ProtectingSight

Welcome to day #19 of my daily learning journal. My goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery each day. In addition, I plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, short story or significant work.

Today’s list features the Aravind Eye Hospital:

1. Ted Talk – Thulasiraj Ravilla: How low-cost eye care can be world-class – “India’s revolutionary Aravind Eye Care System has given sight to millions. Thulasiraj Ravilla looks at the ingenious approach that drives its treatment costs down and quality up, and why its methods should trigger a re-think of all human services.” (

I traveled to the Aravind Eye Hospital Madurai to perform cataract surgery twice as a resident. In 2000, I performed 68 extracapsular surgeries in 17 days (4 per day). In 2001, I performed around 30 cataract surgeries in a week. I met Dr. V in Madurai and on his occasional trips to the United States. I was inspired by his gentleness of spirit and mission to protect sight throughout India and the world.

Operating as a visiting trainee at Aravind Eye Hospital (2001)

2. Cataract Surgery – MSICS – Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery – 5 superb cases from the Aravind Eye Hospital System (well worth the 20 minutes!)

3A. Journal article – Efficacy of Intracameral Moxifloxacin Endophthalmitis Prophylaxis at Aravind Eye Hospital. Aravind Haripriya, MD, David F. Chang, MD, Sathvik Namburar, Anand Smita, MS, Ravilla D. Ravindran, MD. Ophthalmology 2016;123:302-308. A landmark study.

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Figure 1. Charity population endophthalmitis rate over time, including the 10 months immediately before and the 8 months immediately after routine initiation of direct intracameral (IC) moxifloxacin (Moxi) prophylaxis. Each point on the timeline represents a 2-month consecutive period.

4. Book Chapter – Herman Melville – Moby Dick. I love the free podcasts available by Listened to Chapter 3.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

5. July 2020 Regional Eye Associates newsletter – The latest issue on sunglasses protection and fireworks safety is here.

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