Protecting Sight #197: The brain-changing benefits of exercise. Phakic IOL explantation and a blind painful eye. Elihu Yale & 1700s London Life.

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 – Wendy Suzuki: The brain-changing benefits of exercise. “What’s the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory — and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.” (

My gym closed due to COVID-19 for many months. Look forward to more consistent exercise in 2021. Excellent talk on the benefits of exercise, mood, and memory.

2. Cataract Surgery – Richard J. Mackool MD – Episode 28: Phakic Refractive IOL Explantation and Simultaneous Cataract-IOL Implantation. Dr. Mackool writes, “In order to perform cataract surgery upon this non-English speaking patient, I first have to remove an iris-fixated anterior chamber lens implanted 11 years previous. This case highlights removal of the phakic IOL, the value of a translator during surgery and the use of intraoperative aberrometry to determine the correct IOL power.”

Excellent case filled with pearls. Well worth the 20 minute investment.

Photo by Alexander Vu, MD

3. EyeNet (December 2020). The Veteran With a Blind Painful Eye. Written By: Alexander F. Vu, MD, and Roma P. Patel, MD, MBA. Edited By: Ingrid U. Scott, MD, MPH. “The 72-year-old was experiencing new onset throbbing headaches centered around his right eye, which had been blind for 25 years.” Web Extra: 2020 in review. Nice case with novel management.

4. Diana Scarisbrick and Benjamin Zucker. Elihu Yale: Merchant, Collector & Patron. Chapter 2: London Life. (Chapter 1 dragged on. Chapter 2 much better)

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