Protecting Sight #159: A rite of passage for late life. White cataract double capsulorhexis & carotid-caverous sinus fistulas. Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Lost Battles.

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 – Bob Stein: A rite of passage for late life. “We use rituals to mark the early stages of our lives, like birthdays and graduations — but what about our later years? In this meditative talk about looking both backward and forward, Bob Stein proposes a new tradition of giving away your things (and sharing the stories behind them) as you get older, to reflect on your life so far and open the door to whatever comes next.” (

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – White Cataract Double Capsulorhexis. Dr. Devgan writes in part, “It is always a pleasure to learn from a master surgeon like Dr Pradip Mohanta from West Bengal, India. He has a large following of subscribers to his channel because he is truly innovative in his approach to cataract surgery. In this case, he shows us his way of doing the double capsulorhexis technique which is great for intumescent white cataracts.” Superb technique.

3A. Journal – Jamison A, Siddiqui A, Lockington D. Persistent Red Eye Unresponsive to Topical TreatmentJAMA Ophthalmol. Published online November 19, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.4062

3B. Neuro-Ophthalmology with Dr. Andrew G. Lee – Carotid cavernous fistula (YouTube). Love Andy Lee’s neuro-ophthalmology reviews.

4. Book Chapter – Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson. Chapter 25. “Michelangelo and the Lost Battles.” Superb chapter on the rivalry between Leonardo and Michelangelo.

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