The Global Concert Series
Presented by Music for Life International to benefit HelpMeSee,  a series of concerts were held around the world to support HelpMeSee's global campaign to end cataract blindness, the leading cause of preventable blindness affecting millions of people around the world.  The first two concerts, in New York City and the Netherlands took place in early 2016, with two more concerts taking place in India during October 2016.  This concert series culminated in the "Mahler For Vision" concert at New York's legendary Carnegie Hall in February 2017.

Netherlands Concert

Inside Healey Museum

Healey Museum and Groot Kantwijk
in Vreeland, Netherlands
Thursday, May 19, 2016


The Concert

Mahler for Vision took place on February 13, 2017 in New York's acclaimed Carnegie Hall, featuring a performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection", which draws of themes of rebirth and reawakening which resonate with the experience of restored vision.  This concert is presented by Music for Life International to benefit HelpMeSee.


The Artists

Mahler for Vision brought together musicians from the New York Philharmonic, MET Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Buffalo Philharmonic, and many others.  

For a full list of performers, please click here.

Honorary Advisory Board

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HelpMeSee would like to thank and recognize the following members of Mahler For Vision's board:

Charles P. Balducci
Alexander Bernstein
Catherine Cahill
Elmira Darvarova
Beau Delafield
Dr. Jack Dodick
Aaron Dworkin
Jan Egeland
JoAnn Falletta
Kenneth Gazzola
Karel van Gelder
Amjad Ali Khan
Robert Miles
John Jeffery Mullen
Ambassador Vijay Nambiar
Sir Roger Norrington
Jack Sim
Jacob Mohan Thazhathu
Archibishop Desmond Tutu
Anne Lee Ueltschi
James Tyler Ueltschi
Robert W. van Zwieten

Al Ueltschi

Visionary For Vision

HelpMeSee was co-founded in 2010 by the late Albert Lee Ueltschi (1917-2012) with his son James Tyler Ueltschi. Al was a visionary leader in aviation safety and a successful entrepreneur who founded Flight Safety International.  Al recognized that the key barrier to widespread treatment of cataract blindness in poor countries was not  lack of technology but a problem of capacity.  Al's vision for HelpMeSee was to restore sight to individuals who are needlessly blind through simulation-based training of thousands of cataract specialists to proficiency.

"Vision is so fundamental to much of my life's work...If we are to be successful, as I expect we will be, for the first time, million of the poor cataract blind and visually impaired will have real hope of sight restoration."
- Albert Lee Ueltschi 

The Global Cataract Blindness Crisis

The Challenge

More than 20 million people around the world are needlessly blind due to untreated cataract. Cataract blindness can be treated with a safe, effective, sight-restoring surgery. Ninety percent of those suffering from cataract blindness live in developing countries, some of which have less than one ophthalmologist per million people. There simply aren't enough trained professionals to provide sight-restoring surgeries to those who need it.

Facts on Cataracts

  • Over 100 million blind or visually impaired by cataract
  • 20 million are completely blind from cataract
  • 90% live in developing countries
  • Some countries have less than 1 ophthalmologist per million people
  • Nearly 2/3 of the blind are women

The Solution

HelpMeSee will use simulation-based training to address the critical shortage of cataract specialists, while building local capacity and bringing affordable and high-quality eye care to underserved markets.  HelpMeSee's comprehensive solution includes surgical training , patient outreach, and delivery of sight-restoring procedures standardizing the quality of care, medical supply chain, and evaluation practices to ensure safe surgeries. 

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HelpMeSee is a non-profit organization committed to ending the global health crisis of cataract blindness, the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. To provide training for the critical shortage of skilled cataract specialists, HelpMeSee is developing the world's first comprehensive Eye Surgical Simulator, increasing local capacity to deliver affordable and high-quality care in developing countries.

HelpMeSee's comprehensive solutions to cataract blindness includes surgical training, patient outreach, and support for sight-restoring cataract treatment that standardize the quality of care, medical supply chain, and evaluation practices to ensure safe surgeries. Since founding in 2010, HelpMeSee has partnered with 305 cataract specialists across 11 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and supported over 256,000 surgeries.

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