Protecting Sight #74: When ideas have sex. Pseudoexfoliation, IVIG, uveitis, and Walden Pond.

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 – Matt Ridley – When ideas have sex. “At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It’s not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.” (

“That is prosperity, the saving of time in satisfying your needs.” I enjoyed this talk and the innovative concepts presented.

2. Cataract Surgery – Richard J. Mackool MD – “This patient has pseudoexfoliation, shallow anterior chamber, dense nucleus, lax zonule and poor pupillary dilation. I have previously demonstrated the use of capsular retractors for zonular laxity, but here we will see the latest version of these devices as modified by Dr David Chang. I also discuss the causes of chopping difficulties, demonstrate “verticalizing” the chopper, use of a CTR, and discuss IOL selection based on intraoperative findings.”

3. Journal article – Kocak ED, Wang BZ, Hall AJ. Bilateral uveitis following intravenous immunoglobulin administration. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2017;6:74-76. Published 2017 Mar 19. doi:10.1016/j.ajoc.2017.03.005

4. Book Chapter – Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau., SparkNotes, and Gutenberg. Chapter 11.

Have considered abandoning Walden in the last few days, and renewed to continue with the video reflection below.

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