Protecting Sight #221: Amanda Gorman: “The Hill We Climb.” Cataract, silicone oil removal, and APMPPE. Congratulations President Biden & Vice-President Harris. Your success is our nation’s success.

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 – Amanda Gorman: “The Hill We Climb”. “Poet and activist Amanda Gorman recites her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the historic inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Her words call for hope, unity and resilience in a time of division. ‘While democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated,’ she says. ‘In this truth, in this faith, we trust. For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.'” (

I watched this poem reading three times today. Constantly inspired. Remember Amanda Gorman. This poem is one for the ages.

2. Uday Devgan MD – Cataract with Silicone Oil Removal. Dr. Devgan writes, “Our guest surgeon is Willie Kan, MBBS from Malaysia and he is showing the technique of combined cataract surgery with silicone oil removal. The patient had a prior pars plana vitrectomy for complications of proliferative diabetic retinopathy and then silicone oil placed to tamponade the retina. Now, many months later, the patient needs cataract surgery and removal of the silicone oil. Instead of making incisions in the pars plana to drain the silicone oil, it can be removed through the phaco incision after a posterior capsulorhexis is created.” Great pearls.

3. Acute Posterior Multifocal Placoid Pigment Epitheliopathy. Written by Travis S. Dowdle, BS, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Lubbock, and Bryan K. Monson, MD, at Monson Vision, Logan, Utah. Photo by Bryan K. Monson, MD. (EyeNet January 2021).

4. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things by Robert Fulghum (page 65-88).

Poet Amanda Gorman reads ‘The Hill We Climb’

Congratulations President Biden & Vice-President Harris. Your success is our nation’s success.

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