Protecting Sight #317: The counterintuitive way to be more persuasive. Ultra myopia & eyelid apraxia. Yoga & ergonomics for the ophthalmologist.

Welcome to my daily learning journal. Here is today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Niro Sivanathan: The counterintuitive way to be more persuasive. “What’s the best way to make a good point? Organizational psychologist Niro Sivanathan offers a fascinating lesson on the “dilution effect,” a cognitive quirk that weakens our strongest cases — and reveals why brevity is the true soul of persuasion.” (

Love this insight on the dilution effect. Plan to implement this pearl immediately. And starting with my next Zoom meeting.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – 1085: Zero power IOL for ultra myopia. Great pearls.

3. Andrew Lee MD – Apraxia of eyelid opening.

Dr. Lee’s 450+ neuro-ophthalmology reviews are perfect for lifelong learning.

4. Yoga Practice – Full Body Flow | 20 Min. | Yoga With Adriene

I started yoga in the early 2000s, set aside as I started golfing, and returned often. A yoga session is perfect post-office day. Love the Yoga With Adriene workouts on YouTube (916 million views!)

Ophthalmologists and surgeons can often suffer from musculoskeletal issues in later life. In-office and surgical modifications are addressed by the Academy’s Ergonomics Task Force.  The free-course “Ergonomics Best Practices” (2016) states, “This online course reviews ergonomic risk factors in the clinic, operating room, and situations unique to ophthalmologists that lead to musculoskeletal stress.”  In addition, a recent award-winning video “Posture Perfect: Ergonomics for the Ophthalmic Surgeon” includes strategies to address ergonomics for ophthalmologists of all ages. Both resources are available on the Academy’s ONE Network. 

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