At the centerpiece of HelpMeSee’s global program to eliminate 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 for 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.
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 recreate 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.