Protecting Sight #285: Black ink made from air pollution. Iatrogenic zonular dialysis, Chiari Malformation, & autologous retinal transplant. On Writing Well.

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 – Anirudh Sharma: Ink made of air pollution. “What if we could capture pollution in the air around us and turn it into something useful? Inventor Anirudh Sharma shares how he created AIR-INK, a deep black ink that’s made from PM 2.5 pollution. See how he hacked together a clever way to capture these tiny particles — and make the world just a little bit cleaner in the process.” (

Love this innovation & potential to decrease pollution worldwide.

2A. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – 1053: that’s not cortex you’re pulling!. Nice save.

2B. Ajay E. Kuriyan, MD – Autologous Retinal Transplant for a Full-Thickness Macular Hole (eyetube)

“A 20-year-old patient developed a large, full-thickness macular hole in her left eye. Several attempts at repair were unsuccessful. Upon presentation, visual acuity was hand motion in the right eye and 20/200 in the left eye. An autologous retinal transplant was performed on the left eye, but the graft had slipped out of place at 1 week. How did Ajay E. Kuriyan, MD, handle the case?”(2/08/2021)

3. Andrew Lee MD – Chiari Malformation.

Dr. Lee’s 450+ neuro-ophthalmology reviews are around 5 minutes each. Perfect for the busy clinician & trainee. I plan to watch one a day, from oldest to newest.

4. William Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. Chapters 2-4 (Simplicity, Clutter, Style).

Superb insights.

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