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 – Theo E.J. Wilson: A black man goes undercover in the alt-right. “In an unmissable talk about race and politics in America, Theo E.J. Wilson tells the story of becoming Lucius25, white supremacist lurker, and the unexpected compassion and surprising perspective he found from engaging with people he disagrees with. He encourages us to let go of fear, embrace curiosity and have courageous conversations with people who think differently from us. “Conversations stop violence, conversations start countries and build bridges,” he says.” (ted.com).

Courageous story & intriguing insights. Love the take-away of the power of conversation.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Intumescent Cataract Auto Aspiration. Dr. Devgan writes, “This video features a technique where the 27g needle is connected to the irrigation/aspiration hand-piece of the phaco machine. The machine can then be set to an aspiration mode where the level of vacuum is determined by the surgeon’s foot-pedal position. This allows very precise control of the aspiration level and a higher amount of vacuum than simply using a syringe in the manual technique. Our guest surgeon is Dr. Eslam Ramagdan who is operating in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and we applaud him for the innovative technique.”

A novel technique! How about adding the irrigation port also in-case you aspirate too much cortex?

2B. Sunir Garg MD – Retained Lens Material: Tips for Cataract Surgeons. Wills Eye retina specialist Sunir Garg MD offers tips to cataract surgeons managing retained lens material.

2C. 1 Slide in 5 Minutes: Lens Particle Glaucoma (Malik Y. Kahook, MD) – YouTube

Fundus photograph (A) and late-phase frame fluorescein angiography (B) of the right eye. Arrowheads indicate areas of retinal opacification.

3. Journal – Ali FS, Rahimy E. Bilateral Retinal Whitening in a Hospitalized PatientJAMA Ophthalmol. 2017;135(7):809–810. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.5474

Walt Whitman, steel engraving, July 1854.jpg

4. Book Chapter – Walt Whitman – Leaves of GrassSparknotesWikipedia, and Gutenberg. Book 5.