Protecting Sight #44: The New Yorker’s Comma Queen. Cataract surgery, iStents, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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 – Mary Norris: The nit-picking glory of The New Yorker’s Comma Queen. ” ‘Copy editing for The New Yorker is like playing shortstop for a Major League Baseball team — every little movement gets picked over by the critics,’ says Mary Norris, who has played the position for more than thirty years. In that time, she’s gotten a reputation for sternness and for being a ‘comma maniac,’ but this is unfounded, she says. Above all, her work is aimed at one thing: making authors look good. Explore The New Yorker’s distinctive style with the person who knows it best in this charming talk.” (

A favorite pursuit among young Yale Daily News reporters was to read copy before each edition was published. I still marvel over commas — with much amusement, I must say — and delight with the proper use of dashes, semi-colons, and the occasional exclamation point. (!)

This was a Ted trending talk. Super fun. 10 minutes.

2. Cataract Surgery – Richard J. Mackool, MD – Episode 6: Phacoaspiration of a nuclear cataract in a 78 year old patient. Dr. Mackool writes, “Utilizing high vacuum, removal of a 2+ nuclear cataract is accomplished without ultrasound.” Excellent. 9 minutes.

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3A. Journal – Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Pivotal Trial of an Ab Interno Implanted Trabecular Micro-Bypass in Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma and Cataract: Two-Year Results. Thomas W. Samuelson, Steven R. Sarkisian Jr., David M. Lubeck, Michael C. Stiles, Yi-Jing Duh, Eeke A. Romo, Jane Ellen Giamporcaro, Dana M. Hornbeak, L. Jay Katz for the iStent inject Study Group. Ophthalmology, June 2019, p811–821.

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3B. Journal – Phthiriasis Palpebrarum Treated with Oral Ivermectin. Justin H. Dredge, Timothy W. Winter, Adel E. Alset. Ophthalmology, June 2019, p791.

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3C. Journal – Isolated Uveal Amyloidoma in the Absence of Systemic Amyloidosis. Guy S. Negretti, Caroline Thaung, Mandeep S. Sagoo. Ophthalmology, June 2019, p828.

4. Book Chapter – Mark Twain – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Listened to Chapters 5-6 via Apple Podcast (free). See also Sparknotes (narration) and Gutenberg (book text).

See Protecting Sight Daily Learning posts here.

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

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