Protecting Sight #188: Try something new for 30 days. Milky white cataracts, IFIS, astigmatism, phaco tips, and cat-scratch disease.

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 – Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days. “Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.” (

The sub-4 minute Ted Talk (a day after a 20-minute Ted Talk), are often the most insightful. This is a common theme along the lines of James Clear’s Atomic Habits. Breaking down habits into smaller, bite-size portions can lead to great results. I started my daily blog in mid-June 2020 to combat the addiction of YouTube videos (mostly favorite scenes from Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, and the Sopranos)!

If you want to try something new for 30 days, I would highly recommend a daily Ted Talk.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Guest surgeon: Milky White Cataract. The guest posts, from leading ophthalmology colleagues from around the world, include wonderful pearls. Dr. Devgan’s CataractCoach is a master class for complex cataract surgery.

2B. Cataract Surgery – Dr. Ashraf Armia – Astigmatism correction with narrow pupil and IFS in Phacoemulsification. Dr. Armia uses a Malyugin Ring and Tecnis Toric lenses with 4-dots in this case. Excellent pearls.

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3A. Paracentral Acute Middle Maculopathy in Bartonella Henselae Neuroretinitis. Arora, Atul et al. Ophthalmology Retina , Volume 4, Issue 12, 1201.

3B. EyeNet (December 2020) – The News in Review is a favorite EyeNet section. This month’s column reviews Protein in Vitreous Suggests Alzheimer Disease, Reoperations After Trabeculectomy, Steroid-Eluting Contacts Show Promise, and AI Flags Risk Factors for AMD Progression.

4. Mackool, Richard J. Phaco Tips: The First Ten Years (2002). Reviewed phaco tips #41-60.

Phaco Tips is filled with timeless surgical pearls. This is the type of cataract surgery book to read at least once a year.

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