Welcome to day #28 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 – Nitish Padmanaban – Autofocusing reading glasses of the future. “As you age, you gradually lose the ability to refocus your eyes — a phenomenon as old as humanity itself — leading to a reliance on bifocals, contacts and procedures like LASIK surgery. Electrical engineer Nitish Padmanaban offers a glimpse of cutting-edge tech that’s truly a sight for sore eyes: dynamic, autofocusing lenses that track your sight and adjust to what you see, both near and far.” (ted.com)
I loved this talk. I am a lifelong Benjamin Franklin fan (Franklin’s autobiography & Walter Isaacson’s biography are must-reads) and am dazzled by the potential for this technology to transform lives worldwide in the treatment of presbyopia.
2. Cataract Surgery – Richard Mackool MD – Episode 2: The Impale and Chop Technique. “Using a 2.4mm incision, I remove a fairly dense, 3+ brunescent nuclear cataract from a patient whose other eye has only peripheral vision. I demonstrate using trypan blue to aid visualization of the capsulorhexis, and show how an OVD can be used to actually reposition an anterior subcapsular opacity prior to creating the capsulorhexis. A detailed presentation of the impale and chop technique follows with additional pearls including how to keep the phaco tip cool, and the advantage of using a slightly oversized surgical glove.”
Dr. Mackool is a master surgeon and educator. This video is filled with pearls.
3A. Journal – Corneal Wound Hydration (EyeWiki) – One of the authors posted this article on their LinkedIn profile. Pretty good. Would help if they added photos and/or video. EyeWiki is a resource I use often in the office.
3B. Jabs DA. Improving the Diagnostic Criteria for Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Disease. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018;136(9):1032–1033. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.2657. This showed up in my Twitter feed today and enjoyed Dr. Jabs’ commentary.
3C. Li AS, Tang PH, Do DV. Serous Macular Detachment in Probable Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Syndrome. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(5):e191981. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.1981
4B. Book Chapter – Simon Sinek, Start With Why. (2009). Chapter 3 (The Golden Circle). The best time to read a book is after you’ve watched the Ted Talk! Seriously, great speakers lay the foundation in a 15-20 minute Ted Talk which makes their books much more enjoyable. So far, the Ted Talk is better than the book. (See also Protecting Sight #12)