Protecting Sight Daily Learning #24: One Ted Talk, cataract surgery, journal article, and book chapter #ProtectingSight

Welcome to day #24 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 – Shekinah Elmore MD MPH. Shekinah Elmore: The courage to live with radical uncertainty. “When your future is uncertain, how do you keep moving forward? In this courageous talk, oncologist and cancer survivor Shekinah Elmore shares how she embraced life after a rare genetic diagnosis — and explains why she believes doctors have a duty to help their patients learn to live with radical uncertainty.” (

This was featured on the Ted homepage as a new talk. I loved Dr. Elmore’s story and her message. Have a box of tissues handy. Inspired to continue working on patient communication and advocacy.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Review: fixing beginner mistakes. This is an excellent case for all levels. I’ve done stop & chop for many years and enjoy learning new techniques. Obsessed with phaco efficiency. Phaco-chop is an art form.

3. Journal Article – New Cancer Tx, New Ocular Side Effects. Novel cancer treatments are leading to myriad ocular side effects. How to manage the long-term cancer patient in your office. EyeNet, July 2020

This is an excellent article. Plan to copy/print the list of ophthalmic symptoms related to immunotherapy for the exam rooms.

4. Book Chapter – Herman Melville – Moby Dick. Listened to Chapter 32 via free podcasts. Sparknotes also highlights narration. Melville certainly loves his details in this chapter.

A listing of Protecting Sight Daily Learning posts is here.

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