Protecting Sight #224: When is a pandemic over? Cataract surgery efficiency, iris metastasis, and regression with osimertinib treatment. The psychology of gaming.

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 – Alex Rosenthal: When is a pandemic over?. “Consider the following scenario: a highly infectious, sometimes deadly respiratory virus infects humans for the first time. It spreads rapidly worldwide, and the WHO declares a pandemic. The death toll starts to rise and everyone is asking the same question: when will the pandemic end? Alex Rosenthal details the three main strategies governments can use to contain and end a pandemic. [Directed by Visorama, narrated by Jack Cutmore-Scott, music by Bamm Bamm Wolfgang].” (

This June 2020 talk is prescient.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Guest Surgeon teaches us Cataract Surgery Efficiency. Dr. Devgan writes, “We can always learn from fellow surgeons, particularly from those who are truly experts in the field. I recently met with Dr. André Berger from São Paulo, Brazil who is a well known anterior segment surgeon and author of an excellent book about cataract surgery. What I learned from him was the ultimate in phaco efficiency.”

Great case & superbly efficient.

3. Journal – Ophthalmic Image – Chen K, Chao A, Wang C. Iris Metastasis Regression Following Osimertinib TreatmentJAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(12):e202095. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.2095

4. The Knowledge Project – Episode 101: Jane McGonigal: The Psychology of Gaming — “Jane McGonigal is a PhD Game Designer who advocates for the use of video games to help people learn skills that transfer to the real world, heal physical problems like concussions and improve attitudes and self-esteem in children. Shane and Jane discuss how video games help with decision making, post-traumatic growth as well as how much is too much, what to watch out for and so much more.”

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