Protecting Sight #53: How to tame your wandering mind. Mindfulness would help cataract surgeons & Huck Finn.

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 – Amishi Jha PhD – How to tame your wandering mind. “Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what’s important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention’s power, Jha says — but some simple techniques can boost it. ‘Pay attention to your attention,’ Jha says.” (

This Ted Talk showed up in my Twitter feed. A superb talk (and with my own wandering mind I plan to watch again). Many pearls which I plan to revisit again. 18 minutes.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Richard J. Mackool, MD – Episode 8: Cataract Removal with Insertion of Two iStents for Treatment of Secondary Pseudoexfoliative Glaucoma. Like watching a symphony.

2B. VJCRGS – Ike Ahmed MD – Omni Surgical System – Day #4 of Ike’s MIGS review.

3. Journal article – Long-Term Follow-Up of Normal Tension Glaucoma Patients With TBK1 Gene Mutations in One Large Pedigree. Tyler S. Quist, Chris A. Johnson, Alan L. Robin, John H. Fingert. AJO (July 2020): p52–62.

Dr. Robin was a glaucoma faculty member in residency. He sat down with me over Labor Day weekend my third year residency and showed me his technique using just a pen and blank sheet of paper. He also insisted I tape every case (which I still try to do some 20 years later).

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4. Book Chapter – Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn., SparkNotes, and Gutenberg. Chapters 13-16. Love the free Huck Finn LoyalBooks audio podcast. The narrator is excellent! (and apologies for using the word “excellent” so many times in this post).

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