Protecting Sight #206: A first-time entrepreneur at the age of 66. Severe zonular laxity, PXF, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, & toxic epidermal necrolysis. Elihu Yale & the Art World in England.

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 is today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Paul Tasner: How I became an entrepreneur at 66. “It’s never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner — after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passion. And he’s not alone. As he shares in this short, funny and inspirational talk, seniors are increasingly indulging their entrepreneurial instincts — and seeing great success.” (

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Severe Zonular Laxity in PXF Cataracts. Dr. Devgan writes in part, “This is a really difficult surgery and we know that ahead of time. When we examine this patient at the pre-operative consultation we note that she is highly hyperopic with poor dilation. She has pseudo-exfoliation syndrome and a shallow anterior chamber.”

Superbly managed complicated case. Worth watching numerous times and before complex surgeries.

3. A Primer on Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Written By: Tobin Thuma, BS, and Eric Rosenberg, MD. Edited By: Bennie H. Jeng, MD. Diagnosis and management of this dermatologic emergency with serious ophthalmic consequences. (EyeNet, January 2021)

4. Diana Scarisbrick and Benjamin Zucker. Elihu Yale: Merchant, Collector & Patron. Part II, Chapter 3: “Yale and the Art World in England.” (Finished!)

Yet such ornaments were trifles compared with the principal target of Yale’s purchasing power: European fine art. His collection was staggering by any measure. Over the years, he purchased some 7,000 paintings, forming up the bulk of the 10,000 items disposed of by his executors at auction following his death in 1721. The authors reserve judgment on the quality of Yale’s paintings, which included works by Brueghel, Dürer, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. 

Charles Dameron, Book Review (Wall Street Journal 2014)

Yale owned thousands of paintings which were sold through numerous auctions. Sadly, the provenance of vast majority have been lost to history.

Though the successor to the Collegiate School remains.

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