Protecting Sight #45: 39th POTUS Jimmy Carter on the mistreatment of women and human rights abuses worldwide. International cataract surgeons share phaco pearls.

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 – 39th US President Jimmy Carter – Why I believe the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse . “With his signature resolve, former US President Jimmy Carter dives into three unexpected reasons why the mistreatment of women and girls continues in so many manifestations in so many parts of the world, both developed and developing. The final reason he gives? ‘In general, men don’t give a damn.’ ” (

A compelling Ted talk by the 39th President of the United States. 16 minutes and a lifetime of wisdom.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Dense Cataract Vertical Chop. Guest surgeons Dr. RK Tadanki (Guntur, India) and Dr. Sunil Kumar (Ranchi, India). I watch Uday’s cases often and especially on the morning of surgery. Today was no different.

2B. Cataract Surgery – Ike Ahmed MD – Pediatric Posterior Capsulorhexis. Ike shares his talents with us “mere mortals” (Uday’s words). I’ve seen Ike narrate this case and Uday’s pearls are excellent as well. #IkeNeedsAHaircut

3A. Journal – EyeNet July 2020 – Journal Highlights. EyeNet is one of the most widely read ophthalmic journals. The article highlights in this section are superb.

4. Book Chapter – Mark Twain – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Listened to Chapters 7-10 via Apple Podcast (free). See also Sparknotes (narration) and Gutenberg (book text).

The narration on the free podcast is excellent. Highly recommend.

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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