#ProtectingSight #552: How we’re teaching computers to understand pictures. Phaco flip & bilateral optic neuropathy. Christie Brinkley & the risk of acute narrow angle glaucoma (patient friendly resources).

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

1. Ted Talk – Fei-Fei Li: How we’re teaching computers to understand pictures.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – 1320: do I prefer flip or chop?

3. Andrew Lee MD – Bilateral Optic Neuropathy with Disc Edema.

NODAL is a daily masterclass on ophthalmic & medical topics.

4. Alice Schroeder, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (2008). Chapter 48.

Filled with life lessons on investing, honesty, and integrity. A must-read for Warren Buffett style investors.

5. Christie Brinkley raises awareness on the risk of acute narrow angle glaucoma. With thanks to Christie Brinkley for raising awareness of a form of glaucoma which can cause severe pain and risk the loss of vision. Ms. Brinkley is not my patient, but she likely had something called “narrow angles,” in which the passage way for fluid to leave the eye is narrow and the risk of high eye pressure increases.

Older patients, women, patients of Asian descent, and those who are very far-sighted (hyperopia) are at increased risk for an acute narrow angle glaucoma attack.

Here are some helpful links on this topic:

  1. Are You an Angle-Closure Glaucoma Suspect? (glaucoma.org, patient friendly)
  2. Laser Iridotomy and Narrow Angles (glaucoma.org, patient friendly)
  3. Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI) (Wills Eye Hospital, patient friendly)
  4. Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (EyeWiki, advanced information)

Narrow angle glaucoma risk is commonly treated with an in-office procedure called a YAG laser iridotomy. Dr. Goel performs this in-office procedure at Regional Eye Associates in Cherry Hill, NJ.

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