Protecting Sight Daily Learning #22: One Ted Talk, cataract surgery, journal article, and book chapter #ProtectingSight

Welcome to day #22 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.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Nora McInerny – We don’t “move on” from grief. We move forward with it. “In a talk that’s by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let’s face it, affect us all, is as liberating as it is gut-wrenching. Most powerfully, she encourages us to shift how we approach grief. ‘A grieving person is going to laugh again and smile again,’ she says. ‘They’re going to move forward. But that doesn’t mean that they’ve moved on.'” (

This was a Ted recommendation for me. McInerny is a wonderful story teller (have a box of tissues handy). Many life lessons within.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Bilateral brunescent same day cataract surgery. The gift of sight is for both the patient and the surgeon. Uday is remarkable and performed this case for free.

3A. Journal Article – Impact of social distancing, face masks and eye protection on SARS-CoV-2 transmissionThe Lancet, in press. An AAO ONE Network “Editor’s Choice” and an excellent article.

3B. Ophthalmic Images – Lu P, Huang J. Bilateral Iris Metastasis From Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018;136(9):e182381. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.2381

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

4. Book Chapter – Herman Melville – Moby Dick. I love the free podcasts available by Listened to Chapter 17-27. I also review Sparknotes to appreciate the subtleties in the narration.

Fellow Elis (& Cantabs) may also enjoy the end of Chapter 24. Melville writes:

And, as for me, if, by any possibility, there be any as yet undiscovered prime thing in me; if I shall ever deserve any real repute in that small but high hushed world which I might not be unreasonably ambitious of; if hereafter I shall do anything that, upon the whole, a man might rather have done than to have left undone; if, at my death, my executors, or more properly my creditors, find any precious MSS. in my desk, then here I prospectively ascribe all the honor and the glory to whaling; for a whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.

A listing of Protecting Sight Daily Learning posts is here.

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