Protecting Sight #288: What your breath could reveal about your health. IOL selection, refractive targets & saccades. Good usage 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 – Julian Burschka: What your breath could reveal about your health. “There’s no better way to stop a disease than to catch and treat it early, before symptoms occur. That’s the whole point of medical screening techniques like radiography, MRIs and blood tests. But there’s one medium with overlooked potential for medical analysis: your breath. Technologist Julian Burschka shares the latest in the science of breath analysis — the screening of the volatile organic compounds in your exhaled breath — and how it could be used as a powerful tool to detect, predict and ultimately prevent disease.” (

Would love to see more breath analysis technologies flourish in medicine.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – 1056: Let’s talk about my OR cases. Great pearls on lens selection, refractive targets, and more.

3. Andrew Lee MD – Saccades- control centers.

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 7 (Usage).

“Good usage, to me, consists of using good words if they already exist – as they almost always do – to express myself clearly and simply to someone else.”

5. Episode 79: The “TRICK” to Raising Successful People with Esther Wojcicki — “Esther Wojicki discusses the current education model and how we can fix it, and shares her powerful TRICK acronym, Esther’s secret for raising happy, resilient children.”

A must-listen for parents, mentors, & mentees.

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