Protecting Sight #258: Why there’s no such thing as objective reality. IOL-iris suturing & hypercoagulable state work-up. Am I boring you?

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 – Greg Anderson: Why there’s no such thing as objective reality. “In the grand scheme of history, modern reality is a bizarre exception when compared to the worlds of ancient, precolonial and Indigenous civilizations, where myths ruled and gods roamed, says historian Greg Anderson. So why do Westerners today think they’re right about reality and everybody else is wrong? Anderson tears into the fabric of objective reality to reveal the many universes that lie beyond — and encourages a healthy reimagining of what other possible ways of being human could look like.” (

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – 1026: suturing the IOL to the iris. Nice technique.

3. Andrew Lee MD – Hypercoagulable state work up. Dr. Lee’s neuro-ophthalmology reviews are around 5 minutes. High-yield with superb insights and pearls.

4. Freakonomics Am I Boring You? (Rebroadcast) “Researchers are trying to figure out who gets bored — and why — and what it means for ourselves and the economy. But maybe there’s an upside to boredom?”

This is a good episode. Have been fascinated by boredom, which may come into play with those who are prone to procrastinate.

In addition, as an ophthalmologist, I ask every patient what they do during the day so I can get a sense of their visual demands. The ones who say, “I just retired” may often follow-up with complaints of boredom, loss of fulfillment, etc. Worth a listen.

5. A world-renowed ophthalmology super-star colleague sent this image to me a few days ago, and I just another post on LinkedIn with the same image. Must be making the rounds and filled with meaning!

The top image is straight out of the immigrant experience. The bottom image (hopefully) their children and grand-children.

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