Medical Professionals

HelpMeSee is addressing the global health crisis of cataract blindness by working with leading medical researchers, doctors, nurses, and public health experts to develop a sustainable solution to preventing blindness. To date, we have partnered with local hospitals and 261 partner surgeons to deliver cataract surgery to thousands of patients in 10 countries around the world.


At the center of HelpMeSee’s global campaign to reduce cataract blindness is a simulation-based training program focused on training specialists in MSICS (Manual Surgical Incision Cataract Surgery), a high quality and low-cost procedure that treats cataract blindness. Our training program prepares eye care professionals to deliver the high-volume MSICS procedures needed to reduce the backlog of patients awaiting treatment.


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To make this large-scale training possible, we are developing HelpMeSee’s Eye Surgical Simulator, which combines realistic computer graphics and physics modeling with motion controls and haptic -feedback to accurately simulate the MSICS procedure. Working with our technology partners and team of experienced ophthalmologists, this surgical simulator is part of an integrated learning system designed to support the training of tens of thousands of cataract surgeons.

Benefits of simulation-based training include

  • A surgeon’s ability to achieve a higher level of proficiency before completing the live surgery that is part of training
  • Recording and monitoring surgical performance on the Eye Surgical Simulator that is then used in instructors’ feedback
  • A trainee can repeat individual steps of the surgery until the desired level of proficiency is achieved
  • The cataract specialist’s proficiency level is documented through each stage of training

 




The HelpMeSee simulation training program is intended to replace the traditional MSICS training, which is primarily dependent on performing live surgery. HelpMeSee believes that the Eye Surgical Simulator will reduce the time required to acquire surgical skills and qualifying for independent surgery.

Once completed, simulation-based training will likely prove to be a more effective method to train the large numbers of qualified surgeons who are needed to significantly reduce the number of blind people due to cataracts.

HelpMeSee is an ongoing contributor to medical research. Current projects are:

A study of socio-economic impact of cataract surgery in Chhaprauli, Baghpat, Uttarpradesh, India.

HelpMeSee is partnering with the Venu Eye Institute & Research Centre in New Delhi, India to conduct a study on the social and economic impact of treatment for cataract blindness in Chhaprauli, Baghpat, Uttarpradesh, India. Venu Eye Institute personnel will survey patients to determine the health, economic opportunities, and quality life outcomes after undergoing treatment for cataract blindness.

Principal Investigators:

  • Dr. Hinaben Patel, Programs Analyst, HelpMeSee
  • Dr. Van Charles Lansingh, Chief Medical Officer, Latin America,HelpMeSee;
  • Matthew Walden, Clinical Research Coordinator, HelpMeSee

 

Testing the efficiency of “Reach,” m-Health smartphone application for cataract screening developed by HelpMeSee

HelpMeSee is partnering with Instituto Damos Vision in Lima, Peru to conduct a pilot project to identify pediatric cataracts patients in underserved communities. The project aims to demonstrate the efficiency of HelpMeSee’s Android-based Reach application to find, map, and monitor the delivery of eye care. Funding is provided by USAID’s Childhood Blindness Prevention program.

Principle Investigators:
  • Dr. Van Charles Lansingh, Chief Medical Officer, Latin America, HelpMeSee
  • Dr. Hinaben Patel, Business Intelligence and Quality Assurance (QA) Lead, HelpMeSee
  • Dr. Luz Gordillo, Instituto Damos Vision

To treat the worldwide population of 20 million blind due to cataract, our program relies on the efforts of proficient cataract care specialists, clinics and healthcare delivery teams. Participants who would like to work with us can do so in several capacities:

Partner Hospital

Hospital or health care providers who may already be offering cataract care, can receive training on Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) and use our mobilization technology, tools, surgical records systems and campaign portal, to enhance the delivery of quality cataract surgery to their patients.

Partner Provider

We can also help the individual provider who would like to start or grow their practice in the delivery of MSICS and follow-up care.

Community Outreach Work

Our community outreach and mobilization platforms are available to the organizations and individuals that reach out to the communities in need of cataract care.

For more information on the ways to get involved as a medical or health care delivery organization download our "Market Solutions in the Fight to End Cataract Blindness" brochure.