Protecting Sight #219: 4 tips to kickstart honest conversations at work. A primer on white cataracts & phacorhexis. Open access journals & corneal complications with retina surgery.

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 – Betsy Kauffman: 4 tips to kickstart honest conversations at work. “Why is it so hard to speak up and productively disagree at work? Leadership and organization coach Betsy Kauffman shows how to bring the candid conversations that usually happen at the watercooler out into the open with four practical strategies you can implement right now to have honest, transparent discussions with your colleagues.” (

Ted Talks include numerous leadership development vignettes. This one is very good.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Pseudo-Exfoliation White Cataract. Dr. Devgan writes in part, “Our guest surgeon today is a young ophthalmologist from Spain and he is performing phaco for a patient with a white cataract and pseudo-exfoliation syndrome. This is cataract case #350 in his career and he does a great job. The technique for nucleo-fractis is the divide-and-conquer method which serves him well.”

2B. Dr. Soosan Jacob White cataract phaco. “This video shows white cataract phacoemulsification. It shows some rhexis techniques as well as teaches how to perform horizontal and vertical chop in white cataracts.” **Excellent cases! 3 cases described.

2C. Two-Handed Capsulorhexis Technique – One of my previous submissions to CataractCoach.

2D. Modified Iowa nautilus phacorhexis – YouTube. This is an excellent technique with numerous examples.

3A. The Continuing Evolution of Open Access. Written By: Annie Stuart, Contributing Writer, interviewing Emily Y. Chew, MD, Stephen D. McLeod, MD, Srinivas R. Sadda, MD, and Jason Winkler, MBAAn introduction to open access journals and Ophthalmology Science. (EyeNet January 2021).

3B. Vitreoretinal Surgeons: Keep an Eye on the Cornea. Written By: Annie Stuart, Contributing Writer, interviewing Lisa S. Schocket, MD, Jay Stewart, MD, and Rahul S. Tonk, MD, MBAWhat do retina surgeons need to know about the cornea? More than you might imagine. Web Extra: Learn about removal of corneal tissue from the vitreous cavity. (EyeNet January 2021).

4. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things by Robert Fulghum (page 34-48).

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