Protecting Sight #233: How changing your story can change your life. Ahmed glaucoma valve, angioid streaks, & spontaneous OSSN regression.

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 – Lori Gottlieb: How changing your story can change your life. “Stories help you make sense of your life — but when these narratives are incomplete or misleading, they can keep you stuck instead of providing clarity. In an actionable talk, psychotherapist and advice columnist Lori Gottlieb shows how to break free from the stories you’ve been telling yourself by becoming your own editor and rewriting your narrative from a different point of view.” (

Good talk. Worth a watch.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – 1001: Ahmed Glaucoma Valve Technique. Dr Devgan writes, “Our guest surgeon today is Victoria Tseng, MD, PhD who is a glaucoma specialist and professor at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles. This video shows her technique for Ahmed valve implantation in cases of neo-vascular glaucoma. It also features an anonymous resident doing his first Ahmed valve surgery with Dr. Tseng’s supervision. This is a commonly performed surgery in our resident clinic at Olive View UCLA Medical Center and we request that all of our residents learn from this video prior to coming to the operating room.”

Dr. Devgan continues, “Also, this video highlights the inventor of this device, Prof. Mateen Ahmed from New World Medical. While my friend Ike Ahmed MD is a great glaucoma surgeon, the Ahmed valve is from a different Dr. Ahmed.”

Love Uday’s video screenshot of The Man!

3A. Journal – Banerjee, Mousumi et al. Angioid Streaks in Acquired Hemochromatosis. Ophthalmology Retina, Volume 5, Issue 1, 85 (1/1/2021).

3B. Lemaître S, Hay G, Arora A. Spontaneous Regression of Presumed Ocular Surface Squamous NeoplasiaJAMA Ophthalmol. 2021;139(1):e204149. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.4149

4. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things by Robert Fulghum (page 139-170).

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