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June marked Cataract Awareness Month and to support education and awareness of this eye condition HelpMeSee hosted an online Q&A with board-certified ophthalmologist Daniel Hutter, MD on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM EDT. To learn more and read a transcript of this chat, click here.

Location: Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY
Date: February 13, 2017

In February 2017, this concert was presented by Music for Life International in New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall, and featured a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection". Net proceeds from the concert will go to support HelpMeSee's mission to eliminate cataract blindness around the world.

Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony draws on images of rebirth and resurrection, which resonate with the experience of restored vision. This event brought together over 200 musicians, thousands of listeners, and a global community to act to restore vision and hope to all people suffering from cataract blindness.

For more information about the Mahler For Vision concert and the Music for Vision series of concerts, please visit http://HelpMeSee.org/MusicForVision

Location: Lake Junaluska, NC
Dates: August 2 - 6, 2017

During the Christian Ophthalmology Society's annual meeting, HelpMeSee will be on hand to present our Eye Surgical Simulator.  Conference attendees can experience demonstrations of the MSICS simulator currently under development. Experienced cataract surgeons will have an opportunity for a hands-on trial of the simulator. 

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On Saturday, August 5th at 4:00 - 6:00 PM, the conference will also host a special session highlighting the potential for simulation-based training using a comprehensive curriculum. 

For more information about the Eye Surgical Simulator, or to learn how you can join HelpMeSee's mission to eliminate cataract blindness, please visit our booth in the Harrell Center exhibition space.

In December 2017, the International Society of Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgeons (ISMSICS) will hold its 2nd World Conference on MSICS. Following the success of the 1st World Conference in 2015, thousands of eye surgeons, researchers, and medical professionals from around the world are expected to gather together once again.

Members of HelpMeSee’s global team will join them in Chennai, sharing insights and experiences in providing cataract care, and presenting solutions which can support training and delivery of sight-restoring treatment for millions around the world. The events begin with a pre-conference workshop held on the December 1st, 2017, and the main conference will be held on December 2nd through the 3rd, 2017 at ITC Grand Chola in Chennai.

HelpMeSee is proud to sponsor this Comprehensive Cataract Conference 2017 (CCC 2017) and 2nd World Conference on MSICS. We hope you will join us in Chennai!

Register here

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How to Attend

To join ISMSICS members and medical experts attending from around the world, simply register in advance through the Comprehensive Cataract Conference’s website here.

Offline registration is available through this downloadable form.  On-site registration is limited, so please register in advance if you’re planning to attend the conference.

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Events

During CCC 2017, HelpMeSee will host two scientific symposiums on “The fundamentals of simulation-based training in MSICS” and “Technology driven community based approach to cataract patient care to eliminate cataract blindness”.  A list of symposium presenations and panelists is provided below, and a full schedule of the scientific program is available on the conference website.

Symposium 1 – The Fundamentals of Simulation-Based Training in MSICS
When: 09:30 – 10:30, Saturday December 2nd, 2017
Where: Hall B, ITC Grand Chola

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  1. Simulators in Ophthalmic Training: What, How and Why? (Venudhar Bhatt)
  2. Simulation-based Training: Advantage and Benefits (Jon Pollack) 
  3. How Simulators Can Raise the Bar in Ophthalmic Surgical Training (Dr. Akshay Nair)
  4. Instructor-led Simulation-based Training – The Road Ahead (Dr. Ashish Bacchav)
  5. Courseware Development to Support Simulation-based Training for MSICS (Dr. Chetan)
  6. Panel Discussion: Will simulation-based training become mandatory in India?
    Moderator: Dr. Amulya Sahu
    Panelists: Dr. Yang Xiao, Dr. K P S Malik, Dr. R D Ravindran, Dr. M S Ravindra, Dr. Debashish Bhattacharya, Dr. Promila Gupta, Dr. Parikshit Gogate, Dr. Jagannath Boramani, Venudhar Bhatt, Jon Pollack, Dr. Akshay Nair, Dr. Ashish Bacchav, Dr. Chetan

Symposium 2 – A Technology Driven, Community Based Approach To Cataract Patient Care To Eliminate Cataract Blindness
When: 10:30 – 11:50, Saturday December 2nd, 2017 
Where: Hall B, ITC Grand Chola

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  1. Community Based Saturation- The Multi Stakeholder Approach (Venkat Sambandhamoorthy) 
  2. Innovations in Global Eye Care Initiatives: Geospatial Cataract Care: Big Data Collection, Analysis & Mapping (Matthew Walden)
  3. The Single Use, Pre-Sterilized MSICS Surgical Kit: Supporting the Surgeons Working in Austere Environments (Dr. Jean Marie Andre)
  4. Achieving Self Sustainability and Growth Thru MSICS – The Mexican Experience (Dr. Van Lansingh)
  5. Challenges, Solutions, Outcome Analysis & Feedback: The India, Nepal and Myanmar Experience (Dr. Ranjit Maniar)
  6. Panel Discussion: Is the District Saturation Approach the Most Efficient and Cost-Effective Approach?
    Moderator: Dr. Ranjit Maniar
    Panelists: Dr. Thulasiraj, Dr. NSD Raju, Dr. Suhas Haldipurkar, Dr. Ranjit Dhaliwal, Dr. Partha Biswas, Dr. Rajesh Joshi, Dr. Suresh Joshi, Dr. Arvind Srinivasan, Dr. Yang Xiao, Venkat Sambandhamoorthy, Matthew Walden, Dr. Jean Marie Andre, Dr. Van Lansingh

 

​Awards

Albert Lee Ueltschi award for Simulation in Ophthalmology 

Al Ueltschi dedicated his life to saving lives, both as a pioneer in simulation training for aviation as founder of FlightSafety International, and during his decades of philanthropic work saving sight around the world as co-founder of Orbis International. In 2010, Al Ueltschi co-founded HelpMeSee with his son Jim Ueltschi.  HelpMeSee’s mission is to end blindness caused by cataract using high fidelity simulation and sophisticated courseware adapted from aviation to train thousands of cataract specialists to perform sight-restoring Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS). 

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His legacy is carried on today by the first recipient of this award: Dr. Glenn Strauss. For the past 3 decades, Dr. Strauss has dedicated his life to ophthalmology and treating the poor blind. In 1997, he began volunteering with Mercy Ships as an eye surgeon and provided training for their medical missions. Shortly after HelpMeSee was founded in 2010, Dr. Strauss agreed to join its simulation-based training project as a medical leader, writing the standardized MSICS procedure for the first time. Dr. Strauss oversaw the development of eye simulator from proof of concept to the current version.  Throughout the evolution of the simulator, Dr. Strauss served as the lead subject matter expert providing guidance to HelpMeSee and its partners to assure that the simulator accurately replicates the realism of a live cataract surgery.

 

Jim Ueltschi, chairman of HelpMeSee, said, “Glenn exemplifies the spirit, dedication and inspiration of those few people who make miracles happen. He is obviously a very talented ophthalmologist, but he also can write complicated surgical descriptions for simulator engineers, a truly remarkable and rare gift, believe me. Glenn is also a world-class humanitarian. My father would be very proud of him and his contributions to ending cataract blindness. It is fitting that he is the first recipient of this award.” 

Dr. Strauss is an inspiration for all ophthalmologists. He follows in Al Ueltschi's footsteps, paving the path to fighting cataract blindness through simulation-based training.  Thanks to Dr. Strauss’ lifelong dedication, millions of poor and needlessly blind people around the world finally have hope for a brighter future. 

 

Dr. Jatin Shah award for Excellence in MSICS

The late Dr. Jatin Shah (1954-2015) dedicated his life to restoring sight. He was a great philanthropist, working with NGOs and local governments. He leaves a legacy as an expert of excellence in MSICS and advocacy to save sight.

"By having the surgeons in those remote areas, covering a population of 250,000 minimum, they'll be able to eliminate the backlog of catatract blindness and also in the future add quality to treating cataract blindness." - Dr. Jatin Shah

The ISMSICS would like to present this award for Excellence in MSICS in memory of the late Dr. Shah, in recognition of his tireless efforts as a surgeon and in honor of his legacy training the next generation of cataract specialists around the world.

 

Excellence in Ophthalmic Manufacturing award

The ISMSICS is pleased to present Appasamy Associates with the Excellence in Ophthalmic Manufacturing award, given in recognition for their accomplishments manufacturing HelpMeSee’s single-use Surgical Kit for Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS).

Since 1978, Appasamy has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of ophthalmic equipment, microscopes, lasers, IOLs, microsurgical instruments and pharmaceuticals. Over the last three decades of work, Appasamy have been widely appreciated throughout the world.

Their dedication to support for eye care have become a benchmark among medical vendors, innovating with new manufacturing techniques to meet the needs and specifications of the ophthalmic community. As manufacturer of the first single-use, pre-sterilized surgical kit developed by HelpMeSee, Appasamy have revolutionized eye care by providing cataract specialists with all the instruments, tools, disposables, and pharmaceuticals needed to complete an MSICS procedure, even in the most remote regions of the world.

Appasamy Associates have become an industry leader, striving to make modern technology and equipment within the easy reach of ophthalmic surgeons and eye care professionals around the world.

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At our public booth, HelpMeSee will also provide demonstrations of its virtual reality Eye Surgical Simulator developed for rapid scale training of high-skilled cataract specialists.

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Click thumbnail to enlarge map and find HelpMeSee's public booth and events during CCC 2017!

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About ISMSICS

The International Society Of Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgeons (ISMSICS) is an organization to promote excellence and accessibility in cataract surgery. The organization aims to improve outcomes of cataract surgery while providing better vision to patients at an affordable cost. The organization is surgeon focused and surgeon driven- of, for and by cataract surgeons. ISMSICS is dedicated organization to research and development in the field of cataract surgery, especially manual small incision cataract surgery, to make cataract surgery more accessible, affordable and give patients the best of vision.

About HelpMeSee

HelpMeSee is a non-profit organization committed to ending the global health crisis of cataract blindness. HelpMeSee’s goal is to restore sight to more than 100 million individuals who are needlessly blind or disabled due to untreated cataracts.

Through a focus on simulation-based training for cataract specialists, HelpMeSee has developed sustainable solutions to increase access to safe, affordable treatment. Our goal is to have in place a sustainable solution to cataract surgical care, including a network of thousands of trained cataract specialists and community health workers to provide eye care across Africa, Asia and Latin America.