Protecting Sight #99: Learn to read Chinese with ease. Penetrating the Great Wall of Chinese language. Staying calm during cataract surgery, chloroquine toxicity, 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 – ShaoLan – Learn to read Chinese … with ease! “For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning — building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.” (

Excellent 6 minute talk. Love the visual learning pearls.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Recovering from posterior capsule rupture. Dr. Devgan writes, “In the video shown here, Dr. Kim from Wonju-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea does a beautiful job in recovering from a posterior capsule rupture. He is a very talented surgeon with a high degree of expertise and skill. He is also using a phaco machine with a venturi fluid pump, instead of a peristaltic pump. The primary difference between these two machines is how they build up vacuum, as explained in this video. In addition, the surgeon performs a pars plana anterior vitrectomy to clean up the prolapsed vitreous prior to implanting the IOL.”

Retinal Toxicity After Chloroquine Therapy of 10 mg/kg for 10 Months

3. Journal – Nuzbrokh Y, Jauregui R, Oh JK, Moazami G, Sparrow JR, Tsang SH. Presumed Chloroquine Retinopathy With Short-Term Therapy for Glioblastoma MultiformeJAMA Ophthalmol. Published online September 10, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.3251

Multimodal Imaging in Chloroquine Retinopathy

Excellent and brief report.

Walt Whitman, steel engraving, July 1854.jpg

4. Book Chapter – Walt Whitman – Leaves of GrassSparknotesWikipedia, and Gutenberg. Book 18.

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