Protecting Sight #93: What you don’t know about marriage. Viscoelastic, cystic fibrosis, and Leaves of Grass.

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 – Jenna McCarthy – What you don’t know about marriage – “In this funny, casual talk from TEDx, writer Jenna McCarthy shares surprising research on how marriages (especially happy marriages) really work. One tip: Do not try to win an Oscar for best actress.” (

This was a trending talk. 6 million+ views and worth a watch.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Complete Case: Retained Viscoelastic – “Retained viscoelastic after cataract surgery is the most common reason why there is an elevation of the intra-ocular pressure (IOP) in the immediate post-op period. This can last from between 1 day to 1 week after the cataract surgery and it is different from steroid-inducted pressure spikes which tend to happen 10 days to 2 weeks after surgery.”

A, Intraoperative images from the diagnostic vitrectomy and subretinal biopsy performed on the left eye showing substantial hemorrhagic retinitis with subretinal infiltrate (white arrowhead). B, B-scan ultrasonography demonstrating massive subretinal infiltrates in the right eye (yellow arrowheads).

3. Journal – Conrady CD, Demirci H, Wubben TJ. Retinal Whitening After Lung Transplant for Cystic FibrosisJAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(9):994–995. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.1306

Walt Whitman, steel engraving, July 1854.jpg

4. Book Chapter – Walt Whitman – Leaves of GrassSparknotesWikipedia, and Gutenberg. Books 11.

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