Protecting Sight Daily Learning #25: One Ted Talk, cataract surgery, journal article, and book chapter. Norman Lear’s Ted Talk is an instant classic. #ProtectingSight

Welcome to day #25 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 – Norman Lear: An entertainment icon on living a life of meaning. “In the 1970s (and decades following), TV producer Norman Lear touched the lives of millions with culture-altering sitcoms like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times, pushing the boundaries of the era and giving a primetime voice to underrepresented Americans. In an intimate, smart conversation with Eric Hirshberg, he shares with humility and humor how his early relationship with “the foolishness of the human condition” shaped his life and creative vision.” (

Norman Lear’s Ted Talk is an instant classic. I typically watch a Ted Talk in the morning, and feel a sense of inspiration for the day. It was an honor to listen to his storytelling and timeless wisdom. I’m surprised that this Ted Talk “only” has 1.1 million views (The top talks have 50 million+). Among the first 25 Ted Talks I’ve posted, this one is certainly a top 5.

2. Cataract Surgery – Richard Mackool, MD. Fundamentals Episode 1: Phaco Fundamentals. “In this first issue of Mackool Online Fundamentals CME, we demonstrate basic incision techniques, discuss fundamental surgical principles, methods of nucleus division and cortex removal, foldable IOL insertion and rotation, as well as sutureless incision closure.”

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I visited Dr. Mackool twice in the early 2000s to watch him perform surgery. This is a wonderful tutorial filled with surgical pearls. I plan to keep posting his Fundamentals in order.

3. Journal Article – Retinitis Pigmentosa, Part 2: Research on Patient Management. 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 July 2020.

(See also Retinitis Pigmentosa, Part 1: Understanding the Basics EyeNet June 2020)


The Juliette RP Vision Foundation supports scholarships for visually impaired college students.  Founded by ophthalmologist and friend Rob Melendez MD, the Juliette Foundation provides a wonderful opportunity to give back and invest in education. They plan to award 10 scholarships and 2 research grants each year. I was delighted to join friends Jeff Maltzman MD & Sidney Gicheru MD in sponsoring a scholarship for the #NightForSight2019 event.

4. Book Chapter – Herman Melville – Moby Dick. Listened to Chapter 33-47 via free podcasts. Sparknotes also highlights narration.

A listing of Protecting Sight Daily Learning posts is here.

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