Protecting Sight #243: How to lead a conversation between people who disagree & saving more money. Opacified IOL exchange, NAION, & Achilles’ grief on Patroclus’ death.

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:

1A. Ted Talk – Eve Pearlman: How to lead a conversation between people who disagree. “In a world deeply divided, how do we have hard conversations with nuance, curiosity, respect? Veteran reporter Eve Pearlman introduces “dialogue journalism”: a project where journalists go to the heart of social and political divides to support discussions between people who disagree. See what happened when a group that would have never otherwise met — 25 liberals from California and 25 conservatives from Alabama — gathered to talk about contentious issues. “Real connection across difference: this is a salve that our democracy sorely needs,” Pearlman says.”

Insightful talk. Well worth a listen. I also recommend the “Transcript” button on Ted Talks. Pearlman’s concluding paragraph is superb.

 If you call people names, if you label them, if you insult them, they are not inclined to listen to you. Snark doesn’t help, shame doesn’t help, condescension doesn’t help. Genuine communication takes practice and effort and restraint and self-awareness. There isn’t an algorithm to solve where we are. Because real human connection is in fact real human connection. So lead with curiosity, emphasize discussion not debate, get out of your silo, because real connection across difference … this is a salve that our democracy sorely needs. 

Eve Pearlman (Ted Talk)

1B. Ted Talk – Wendy De La Rosa: A simple 2-step plan for saving more money. “Saving money is like working out or eating right — it’s easier said than done. Behavioral scientist Wendy De La Rosa streamlines the process with two quick tips that can help you achieve your goals.” (

Nice pearls and I wish medical students were taught both of these great suggestions!

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – CataractCoach 1011: Opacified IOL Exchange. Nice case.

3A. Andrew Lee MD – NAION. High yield pearls, often in 4 minutes or less!

3B. Andrew Lee MD – When is it not NAION?

4. Iliad by Homer – Book 18. Listening to the LoyalBooks free podcast version. (Wikipedia | Spark Notes)

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5. KOL Knockout™: Cataract Edition — Maximizing the Use of Aberrometry, Femtosecond Lasers, and Advanced IOLs to Improve Postoperative Outcomes in Cataract Surgery. Join us on Wednesday February 24 at 9 pm EST! Delighted to be a panelist with cutting edge colleagues. Registration (FREE CME!)

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