Protecting Sight #178: A prescient Ted Talk on how the US should use its superpower status. Chopping a soft nucleus and a bevel down approach. Ophthalmic Injuries by Less-Lethal Kinetic Weapons. Creating an Illusion of Control.

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 – Ian Bremmer: How the US should use its superpower status. “Americanization and globalization have basically been the same thing for the last several generations. But the US’s view of the world — and the world’s view of the US — is changing. In a fast-paced tour of the current state of international politics, Ian Bremmer discusses the challenges of a world where no single country or alliance can meet the challenges of global leadership and asks if the US is ready to lead by example, not by force.” (

This September 2016 talk was most prescient. Looking forward to Bremmer’s update of this talk.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Secret to Chopping a Soft Cataract. Superb technique.

2B. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Phaco tip bevel down for chop. Great pearls!

Photo by Koshu Kunii on Unsplash

3. Ifantides C, Christopher KL, Deitz GA, et al. Ophthalmic Injuries by Less-Lethal Kinetic Weapons During the US George Floyd Protests in Spring 2020JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online December 03, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.5325

Please also see my blog page on the #NoRubberBullets campaign.

4. Chris Voss and Tahl Raz, Never Split the Difference. Chapter 7, “Create The Illusion of Control.”

Voss and Raz are great storytellers. The skills presented can be applied in everyday negotiations.

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