Protecting Sight #325: You don’t have to be an expert to solve big problems. Small pupils & hypotensive optic neuropathy. My chat on lifelong learning, the surgical mindset, & social media branding with Honestly Bilal.

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

1. Ted Talk – Tapiwa Chiwewe: You don’t have to be an expert to solve big problems. “Driving in Johannesburg one day, Tapiwa Chiwewe noticed an enormous cloud of air pollution hanging over the city. He was curious and concerned but not an environmental expert — so he did some research and discovered that nearly 14 percent of all deaths worldwide in 2012 were caused by household and ambient air pollution. With this knowledge and an urge to do something about it, Chiwewe and his colleagues developed a platform that uncovers trends in pollution and helps city planners make better decisions. ‘Sometimes just one fresh perspective, one new skill set, can make the conditions right for something remarkable to happen,’ Chiwewe says. ‘But you need to be bold enough to try.’ ” (

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – 1093: Audience Poll: Pupil Ring or Not? Well done.

3. Andrew Lee MD – Hypotensive optic neuropathy.

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


I first learned about Mohnish Pabrai from listening to the Investors Podcast. His guest appearances & social media posts are filled with insights. Have loved watching the success of the Dakshana Foundation which alleviates poverty through education.

Have featured a couple of Mohnish Pabrai episodes recently (Ivey video, William Green’s book, and TIP). Each one is worth experiencing. Also, will look up the Netflix movie he mentions of a Tokyo sushi restaurant!

5. I enjoyed my chat with “Honestly Bilal” host Bilal Ahmed. We discuss:

  • Tips for medical students and trainees from the reflections of my own journey in ophthalmology.
  • How lifelong learning helps surgical skill development.
  • Maintaining a professional online social media presence.
  • Advice for trainees on how to contribute to the field of ophthalmology through advocacy.

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