Protecting Sight #58: The search for unfiltered human thought. Dense cataracts meet Sweet Syndrome. Huck Finn & Tom Sawyer plan Jim’s escape.

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 Lou Jepsen PhD. Could future devices read images from our brains? (Posted Mar 2014). “As an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, Mary Lou Jepsen studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention, creativity, thought. She meshes these two passions in a rather mind-blowing talk on two cutting-edge brain studies that might point to a new frontier in understanding how (and what) we think.” (

A remarkable talk. It would be most interesting to see how this technology has evolved since 2014.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD. Expert Surgeon versus The Rock. Great case.

2B. Cataract Surgery – Ike Ahmed MD – Phaco Debulk Chop for Dense Cataracts. Love this technique.

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3A. Journal article – Acute Exaggerated Meibomitis as Initial Manifestation of Sweet Syndrome. Noemi Güemes-Villahoz, MD, Olivia Rodríguez-Quet, MD David Díaz-Valle, MD, PhD. Ophthalmology. August 2020: Vol. 127, #8, p. 1036, AUGUST 01, 2020. DOI:

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3B. Sudhakar P, Tobin S, O Connor W, Kedar S. Neuro-Ophthalmic Presentation of Neuro-Sweet DiseaseNeuroophthalmology. 2017;41(4):202-206. Published 2017 Mar 15. doi:10.1080/01658107.2017.1291687

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4. Book Chapter – Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn., SparkNotes, and Gutenberg. Chapters 34-38. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer plan Jim’s escape.

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