In 2013 SenseGraphics, now part of Surgical Science, started a partnership with HelpMeSee, a nonprofit whose mission is to eliminate cataract blindness through surgical training.
Over 60 million people are blind or severely visually impaired due to untreated cataracts. Thousands of new cataract surgeons are needed to treat this backlog of patients waiting for surgery. To address this issue, HelpMeSee with its technology partners Surgical Science, InSimo, Moog and Harman, built its high-fidelity Eye Surgery Simulator, to train developing world cataract specialists in a procedure called Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery.
Unlimited supply of virtual eyes for practice
The HelpMeSee Eye Surgery Simulator enhances cataract surgery training by providing an unlimited supply of virtual eyes for practice. This next-generation medical simulator software, with its detailed physical and graphical eye models, can be programmed for an endless set of scenarios. Using simulation in training, students can achieve a higher level of competence, increasing patient safety.
The Eye Surgery Simulator revolutionized simulation taking this form of medical training to another level. Surgical Science is proud to be an essential part of the development team.
If you would like to support the project to restore sight to the cataract blind in the developing world, visit the HelpMeSee website.