Protecting Sight #275: Using your voice is a political choice. Brunescent-red cataract, vitreous opacification, zonular weakness, & junctional scotoma. Nobel Laureate Louise Glück discusses teaching & poetry.

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 – Amanda Gorman: Using your voice is a political choice. “For anyone who believes poetry is stuffy or elitist, Amanda Gorman — the youngest inaugural poet in US history — has some characteristically well-chosen words. Poetry is for everyone, she says, and at its core it’s all about connection and collaboration. In this fierce talk and performance, she explains why poetry is inherently political, pays homage to her honorary ancestors and stresses the value of speaking out despite your fears. ‘Poetry has never been the language of barriers,’ Gorman says. ‘It’s always been the language of bridges.'”

I’ve watched Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration Day poem numerous times. This November 2018 Ted Talk is superb.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Richard Mackool MD – Episode 32: Cataract, Vitreous Opacification and Zonular Weakness. “For our viewers who have requested complexity, this one certainly fits the bill: a highly myopic eye with previous retinal detachment, scleral buckle and partial pars plana vitrectomy, residual anterior vitreous opacification, shallow anterior chamber, convex anterior capsule, extreme zonular weakness, infusion misdirection syndrome and 3 diopters of astigmatism requiring toric IOL implantation. Whew!”

A masterful surgery in 39 minutes.

2B. Richard Mackool MD – Fundamentals Episode 27: Phacoemulsification of the Brunescent-Red Nucleus. “Phacoemulsification of a brunescent-red nuclear cataract is performed in an eye with a relatively small pupil.”

Another excellent video by Dr. Mackool. Filled with insights.

3A. Andrew Lee MD – Junctional Scotoma. (See also Dr. Lee’s previous video on Homonymous Hemianopia.)

Dr. Lee’s 450+ neuro-ophthalmology reviews are around 5 minutes and filled with high-yield pearls. I plan to watch one a day, from oldest to newest.

3B. Posture Perfect: Ergonomics for the Ophthalmic Surgeon (AAO One Network) “In this video, Dr. Samaresh Srivastava and colleagues explain why ergonomics is important for the ophthalmic surgeon. Surgeons should take time to learn how to best seat themselves in the operating room and to use the microscope appropriately. Failing to do so will often result in neck and back issues that will limit their ability to help patients.”

I watched this video again today as I think it’s that important. This is a superb video for all ophthalmic surgeons! Wonderful pearls on ergonomics and muscoloskeletal stress relief.

4. Yale President Peter Salovey & Nobel Laureate Louise Glück on Teaching and Poetry (March 9, 2021)

“President Peter Salovey and Professor Louise Glück discuss her discovery of poetry, the importance of mentorship, and her love of teaching. Their conversation is followed by a recording of Professor Glück’s reading of her poem ‘October.'”

Two poets in one day! This is a mesmerizing discussion.

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