Protecting Sight Daily Learning #26: Novelist Chimamanda Adichie – The danger of a single story. One Ted Talk, cataract surgery, journal article, & book chapter.

Welcome to day #26 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 – Novelist Chimamanda Adichie – The danger of a single story. “Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.” (

Wonderful Ted recommendation. Her 2009 Ted Talk resonates today (and especially her observations about immigration). I hope to re-think the biases which promote the single story. This is a remarkable talk (22 million views) and I will seek out Ms. Adichie’s novels.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan, MD Expert level dense white cataract surgery. Superb case by Dr. Dave. I learned about performing capsulorhexis with dense white cataracts using a small side port by watching Dr. Devgan’s other videos.

Uday critiqued one of my previous cases in which I perform cataract surgery on patient with a complete white cataract and a history of retinal detachment surgery. Watching numerous cases on helped me immensely in this and many complex cases.

With thanks to Dr. Devgan and Dr. Dave for sharing their techniques!

3A. Journal – Case Report – Intracapsular hemorrhage in the setting of pseudoexfoliation syndrome. Digital Journal of Ophthalmology 2020
Volume 26, Number 2. June 20, 2020.

3B. Journal – Image – Melanin-producing central ulcer caused by an Exophiala species. Shyam A. Patel, MD, MBA, Charles D. Salisbury, MD, Stephen M. Hamilton, MD. Digital Journal of Ophthalmology 2020. Jan 13, 2020 Volume 26, Number 1

4. Book Chapter – Herman Melville – Moby Dick. Listened to Chapter 48-50 via free podcasts. Sparknotes also highlights narration.

A listing of Protecting Sight Daily Learning posts is here.

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