Protecting Sight #198: The gift and power of emotional courage. IOL design differences & advances in ophthalmic technologies. Elihu Yale, princewood furnishings, & Soho tapestries.

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 – Susan David: The gift and power of emotional courage. “Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility. A talk to share.” (

I often look to “Trending Talks” on the Ted iPad app. This talk has 8+ million views and well worth a watch. Remarkably candid.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – IOL design differences. Dr. Devgan writes in part, “We have many different IOL designs available for use in cataract surgery and even within the most popular category (single-piece, hydrophobic acrylic, aspheric monofocal IOLs) there are multiple choices. These IOLs often are more similar than different, but there are crucial differences that you must know to select the best IOL for each specific patient. There is no perfect IOL and don’t believe the sales agents who tell you that their lens is the best across the board. You must judge for yourself.”

Excellent review of IOL basics.

Dichoptic Training
DICHOPTIC TRAINING. Specialized glasses or goggles coupled with dichoptic movies or games that are designed to engage kids may become mainstream amblyopia treatment.

3. EyeNet (December 2020). Advances in Eye Care. “In this month’s feature, EyeNet editorial board members assess their areas of subspecialty—with a focus on recent developments—and discuss how the future of their fields may be shaped by what’s happening today. See what they say about glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology, and technology.” I enjoyed this overview of new technologies.

4. Diana Scarisbrick and Benjamin Zucker. Elihu Yale: Merchant, Collector & Patron. Chapter 3: At Home. The authors of this book are experts in jewelry and gemstones.

The Palanquin (Yale University Art Gallery)
Artist: John Vanderbank the Elder, British, active 1689–1717

This chapter highlights furnishings in Elihu Yale’s London estate. I particularly love The Palanquin tapestry mentioned, which was gifted by Elihu Yale to his daughter in 1706. The tapestry was eventually acquired by Yale University at a 1924 Sotheby’s auction (and per the Yale Art Gallery listing, as a gift from eminent Yale alumnus Edward S. Harkness 1897). Will make a visit to see the John Vanderbank tapestries one day!

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