Protecting Sight #116: The antidote to apathy. Phaco & MIGS, DMEK & DSAEK, and The Swiss Family Robinson. The Shane Parrish – Bill Ackman podcast interview is an instant classic.

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 – Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy. “Local politics — schools, zoning, council elections — hit us where we live. So why don’t more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care.” (

Excellent talk with actionable items. Change starts with citizen leadership (7 minutes).

As long as we’re teaching our kids that heroism starts when someone scratches a mark on your forehead, or someone tells you you’re part of a prophecy, they’re missing the most important characteristic of leadership, which is that it comes from within. It’s about following your own dreams, uninvited, and then working with others to make those dreams come true. 

Dave Meslin (Ted Talk)

2. Richard Mackool MD – Episode 18: Cataract extraction with stent placement for glaucoma. Dr Mackool writes, “Following a standard cataract procedure, I address the reduction of IOP in this patient with open-angle glaucoma by implanting a stent in the trabecular meshwork.” Excellent case.

3A. Journal – Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty versus Ultrathin Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. Suryan L. Dunker, Mor M. Dickman, Robert P.L. Wisse, Siamak Nobacht, Robert H.J. Wijdh, Marjolijn C. Bartels, Mei L. Tang, Frank J.H.M. van den Biggelaar, Pieter J. Kruit, Rudy M.M.A. Nuijts. Ophthalmology (September 2020), p1152–1159.

3B. Journal – The Ongoing Debate: Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty Versus Ultrathin Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty. Massimo Busin, Angeli Christy Yu. Ophthalmology (September 2020), p1160–1161.

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

4. Book Chapter – The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss – Chapter 1. (Gutenberg)

5. Podcast – Episode 82: Bill Ackman: Getting Back Up — “Legendary activist investor, Bill Ackman talks about lessons he’s learned growing up, raising a family, what drives him forward and back up from failure, consuming information and ideas, and facing criticism.”

The Shane Parrish – Bill Ackman podcast interview is an instant classic. Recorded in mid April 2020 with many prescient observations and lifelong lessons.

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