Protecting Sight #266: How caffeine and alcohol affect your sleep. A black cataract, miLoop, phaco incision OCTs, & RAPD. Failing On Our Way To Mastery.

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 – Matt Walker: How caffeine and alcohol affect your sleep. “Caffeine wakes you up, and alcohol makes you nod off, right? It’s not that simple. Sleep scientist Matt Walker takes us into the eye-opening ways that these drinks affect the quantity and quality of our sleep.” (

Excellent 5 minute Ted Talk.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Cathleen McCabe, MD – Black Cataract with miLoop. “Cathleen M. McCabe, MD, presents a 62 year-old patient who suffered a traumatic cataract as a child that had gradually worsened in recent years. After performing a vitrectomy, the vitrector tip is used to prolapse the capsule and black cataract into the anterior chamber. A miLoop device (Iantech) is introduced into the eye and the nitinol loop is retracted to bisect the lens. After the nuclear fragments were then removed through the scleral tunnel with a lens loop, an Akreos AO (Bausch + Lomb) was sutured in the eye with gore-tex.”

Excellent case on a Black Cataract!

2B. Uday Devgan MD – Phaco Incision OCT Analysis

3. Andrew Lee MD – RAPD, Relative Afferent Pupillary Defect, Marcus-Gunn pupil. Dr. Lee’s neuro-ophthalmology reviews are around 5 minutes. High-yield insights and pearls.

4. #105 Seth Godin: Failing On Our Way To Mastery. “Seth Godin is the author of 20 bestselling books, founder of altMBA, the Akimbo podcast and runs one of the most popular blogs in the world. Seth and Shane chat about creative work, fear, shame, trusting yourself, what it means to be a professional, how to become an observer of reality, emotional labor, how we learn and so much more.”

This is an intellectual jam-session between two extraordinary thinkers and storytellers. Among the best podcast episodes I’ve experienced.

5. Branding Yourself & Your Business! Join us for a live session on how to brand yourself and your ophthalmic practice. Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:30 pm EST. Tips for younger ophthalmologists, fellows, and residents. Space is limited!


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