Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) is an safe, effective procedure to treat cataract blindness. It takes only a few minutes to perform and is a low-cost treatment that can restore sight.
India has thousands of ophthalmologists, but not all are trained in the MSICS procedure. So at the center HelpMeSee’s strategy is a training program, focused on training specialists in India who can provide sustainable care.
To rapidly train the 9,000+ cataract specialists needed to serve 683 districts in India, HelpMeSee is developing a simulation-based training program. Inspired by our co-founders’ experience in simulation-based training for aviation, we are developing the HelpMeSee Eye Surgery Simulator as part of an integrated learning system which will support training for thousands of cataract specialists.
The benefits of simulation-based training include:
Surgeons can achieve a higher level of proficiency in MSICS
Reduced risk to live patients.
Individual tasks can be practiced as many times as needed until the desired skill level is attained
Using simulation, trainees are able to learn from their mistakes.
Objective performance measurement for every simulated surgery.
For both the trainee and the instructor, simulation technology provides a realistic surgical experience. Combined with the training program, HelpMeSee intends to replace the traditional training in MSICS, which was dependent on training in live surgery.
In the long term, simulation-based training will prove to be a more effective method to train the thousands of cataract specialists needed to rapidly reduce cataract blindness in India.