Welcome to day #27 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 – Honor Harger – How museums help communities heal. “While on lockdown, the galleries of Singapore’s iconic ArtScience Museum were empty — but online, the museum was abuzz. Honor Harger shares how they’re engaging deeply with its visitors through streamed talks, performances and workshops that investigate the COVID-19 landscape and uplift marginalized voices. (This virtual conversation, hosted by TED’s current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, was recorded June 17, 2020.)” (ted.com)

I enjoyed Harger’s comment that “art touches the soul.” She speaks eloquently about how COVID amplifies disparities and about communities which are not being spoken to .. or listened to.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan, MD – Pars plana anterior vitrectomy. Uday keeps it real and many pearls are shown in this case.

Interactions Between Dementia and Self-reported Vision Impairment in Anticipating Activity Limitations
Functional ability scores correspond to the marginal predicted proportions from multivariable Poisson regression models. The marginal predicted proportions were divided by the number of survey items making up each of the 3 outcomes to make the scale equivalent across outcomes.

3A. Journal – Patel N, Stagg BC, Swenor BK, Zhou Y, Talwar N, Ehrlich JR. Association of Co-occurring Dementia and Self-reported Visual Impairment With Activity Limitations in Older AdultsJAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(7):756–763. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.1562

3B. Friedman DS, Ramulu PY. The Potential for Worse Outcomes of Visual Impairment in Those With DementiaJAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(7):763–764. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.1560

A, A healthy man in his 60s with decreased visual acuity in the left eye was found to have multiple patchy, yellow choroidal foci with loss of the choroidal vascular detail throughout the entire fundus. B, Optical coherence tomography showed generalized undulating choroidal thickening in a so-called seasick pattern.
A, A healthy man in his 60s with decreased visual acuity in the left eye was found to have multiple patchy, yellow choroidal foci with loss of the choroidal vascular detail throughout the entire fundus. B, Optical coherence tomography showed generalized undulating choroidal thickening in a so-called seasick pattern.

3C. Gillan EC, Ancona-Lezama D, Shields CL. Visual Acuity Loss in a Healthy Man. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(7):789–790. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.0452

4. Book Chapter – Herman Melville – Moby Dick. Listened to Chapter 51-53 via LoyalBooks.com free podcasts. Sparknotes also highlights narration.

5. Answering the call of AAO, ophthalmologists campaign to ban rubber bullets, tear gas. I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with Ocular Surgery News on the #NoRubberBullets campaign.

The US call has reached India, revamping advocacy for the elimination of pellet guns in Kashmir. With thanks to Dr. Natarajan for his global leadership on this issue.

A listing of Protecting Sight Daily Learning posts is here.