Protecting Sight #39: India’s invisible innovation. A white cataract is akin to the white whale!

Welcome to my daily learning journal. My daily goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery. I also 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 – Nirmalya Kumar – India’s invisible innovation. “Can India become a global hub for innovation? Nirmalya Kumar thinks it already has. He details four types of ‘invisible innovation’ coming out of India and explains why companies that used to just outsource manufacturing jobs are starting to move top management positions overseas, too.” (

This 2012 Ted Talk is a fabulous and thought-provoking presentation. Many of Kumar’s observations have proven correct and just look at the CEOs of Google, Microsoft, and many other innovating companies.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – White cataract needle decompression – Great case with the white cataract (akin to Moby Dick, the white whale!)

2B. I was delighted to be a panelist on the Prism Eye Round‘s Intraoperative Cataract Complications (July 22 YouTube). Fascinating cases which celebrate lifelong learning and atomic habits.

3. Journal article / cutting edge concepts (via webinar) Oracles of the Eye – One of the hidden benefits of COVID has been the creation of numerous webinars with international faculty. All of these talks were on the cutting edge. (Live webinar today, hopefully they will post an archived link in days ahead).

Ike Ahmed MD of course made a special appearance during an actual case in the OR! He performed an IOL exchange, MIGS insertion, RD repair with silicone oil, pupil cerclage, and blepharoplasty on a single patient. All while simultaneously presenting his presentation on Intraocular IOP sensors.

Dr. Neuhann, the first speaker, described using the anterior capsule from a laser capsulorrhexis to protect the endothelium during cataract and other anterior segment procedures. This is especially helpful in eyes which have compromised corneas. Love this innovation!

Moby-Dick FE title page.jpg
Title page, First edition, 1851 (Wikipedia)

4. Book Chapter – Herman Melville – Moby Dick. Listened to Chapters 115-123 via See also Sparknotes (narration) and Gutenberg (book text).

Oh, thou dark Hindoo half of nature, who of drowned bones hast builded thy separate throne somewhere in the heart of these unverdured seas; thou art an infidel, thou queen, and too truly speakest to me in the wide-slaughtering Typhoon, and the hushed burial of its after calm. Nor has this thy whale sunwards turned his dying head, and then gone round again, without a lesson to me.”

Chapter 116
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Please send me feedback. Would appreciate suggestions of Ted Talks, cataract videos, and journal articles to learn from and share.

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