Protecting Sight #109: 3 creative ways to fix fashion’s waste problem. Techniques to secure IOLs with limited capsular support, myelinated nerve fiber layers, 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 – Amit Kalra – 3 creative ways to fix fashion’s waste problem. “What happens to the clothes we don’t buy? You might think that last season’s coats, trousers and turtlenecks end up being put to use, but most of it (nearly 13 million tons each year in the United States alone) ends up in landfills. Fashion has a waste problem, and Amit Kalra wants to fix it. He shares some creative ways the industry can evolve to be more conscientious about the environment — and gain a competitive advantage at the same time.” (

I watched this Ted Talk last year and again today as a trending talk. His data on the pollution-effects of discarded clothes in mind-blowing. Love his innovative ideas on making clothes more environmentally friendly.

“There’s no fix-all, and there’s no one-step solution. But we can get started by designing clothes with their death in mind. The fashion industry is the perfect industry to experiment with and embrace change that can one day get us to the sustainable future we so desperately need.”

Amit Kalra (Ted Talk)

2. Cataract Surgery – Tom Oetting MD – IOL with limited capsular support (5 learning tips) – With thanks to Tom Oetting for an amazing 1-hour webinar. Dr. Oetting has a passion for lifelong learning. I need to get some of the model eyes he describes.

3. Journal – Ganne P. Unilateral Myelination of Retinal Nerve Fiber LayerJAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(9):e195677. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.5677 . A unique case of myelinated nerve fiber layers.

Walt Whitman, steel engraving, July 1854.jpg

4. Book Chapter – Walt Whitman – Leaves of GrassSparknotesWikipedia, and Gutenberg. Book 27-32. The end is near!

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