Protecting Sight #63: “Never provide poor solutions to poor people.” How women in rural India turned courage into capital.

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 – Chetna Gala Sinha – How women in rural India turned courage into capital (2018). “When bankers refused to serve her neighbors in rural India, Chetna Gala Sinha did the next best thing: she opened a bank of her own, the first ever for and by women in the country. In this inspiring talk, she shares stories of the women who encouraged her and continue to push her to come up with solutions for those denied traditional financial backing.” (

An honor to watch this Ted Talk.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Review: Sealing Phaco Incisions.

2B. Nicole Fram, MD – IOL exchange for a malpositioned IOL in an eye with optic capture. I watched this case twice. Excellent technique.

3. Journal article Wortz G, Gupta PK, Goernert P, Hartley C, Wortz B, Chiu J, Jaber N. Outcomes of Femtosecond Laser Arcuate Incisions in the Treatment of Low Corneal Astigmatism. Clin Ophthalmol. 2020;14:2229-2236


4. Book Chapter – Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau., SparkNotes, and Gutenberg. Chapter 1, Part IV. (The LibriVox podcast series divides Chapter 1 into five episodes, each 20-60 minutes).

I speak from about 3:36:30 on this video. 3 minute talk and then I respond to Dr. Natarajan’s commend about the #NoRubberBullets campaign.

5. Bonus – I was honored to speak at the International Council of Ophthalmology Webinar. The ICO launched the World Ophthalmology Leaders Program. My 3 minute talk starts here.

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