Protecting Sight #171: A computer that learns to read your mind. Twist and out to explant IOLs. Acute eyelid edema and proptosis. Free CME for Pennsylvania license renewal on recognizing & reporting child abuse.

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, podcast, or significant work.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Greg Gage: This computer is learning to read your mind. “Modern technology lets neuroscientists peer into the human brain, but can it also read minds? Armed with the device known as an electroencephalogram, or EEG, and some computing wizardry, our intrepid neuroscientists attempt to peer into a subject’s thoughts.” (

Have been learning more about AI and neural networks. An interesting Ted Talk.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Twist and Out to Explant IOLs. Dr. Devgan writes, “I first saw Jack Chapman MD explain his technique to explant an IOL at a large ophthalmology meeting about 10 years ago. It was fascinating to me since it allowed the surgeon to remove a full-size IOL with a 6 mm optic via the same 2.75mm phaco incision through which it was inserted. Rahul Pandit MD from Houston, Texas, USA uses forceps with thinner arms and he can explant an IOL with this technique through a 2.2 mm incision.”

This technique was recently published in the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (2020; 46:1072-1074). My claim to fame is that I know all three authors! College classmate Rahul Pandit teams up with AMA superstar Jack Chapman & CataractCoach guru Uday Devgan.

3. Salazar H, Cavuoto KM. A Child With Acute Eyelid Edema and ProptosisJAMA Ophthalmol. Published online November 25, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.4067.

4. TIP323: MASTERMIND DISCUSSION 4Q 2020. This quarterly format is always a favorite. Stig, Preston, and guests identify one stock pick each. They go through a detailed analysis of each stock pick, which often leads to numerous pearls of competing companies and industries.

5. Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania Online Training. (Needed for Pennsylvania Medical License Renewal, a free child abuse CME):

All those who hold Pennsylvania medical licenses need to complete training on recognizing and reporting child abuse. This is the resource I use. ***It takes longer than 2-hours, as you have to see and click next after the timer on slides and videos.

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