Value of simulation-based training for cataract surgery highlighted in new articles from Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

Value of simulation-based training for cataract surgery highlighted in new articles from Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

HelpMeSee doctors team up with Aravind Eye Care System and LV Prasad Eye Institute to publish series highlighting new scientific evidence

NEW YORK, November 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — New scientific evidence demonstrating the value of simulation-based training for cataract surgery has been presented in a series of articles published in the peer-reviewed Indian Journal of Ophthalmology under the leading HelpMeSee physicians and their partners around the world. world. Fueled by virtual reality innovation, HelpMeSee is a global nonprofit that uses instructor-led, simulation-based training to help eradicate cataract blindness.

“New papers published by the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology include new data on the impact HelpMeSee’s instructor-led simulation-based training can have on training ophthalmologists to fight cataract blindness globally. “, said Dr. Van Charles Lansingh, chief medical officer of HelpMeSee. “At a time when simulation-based training is embedded in the curricula of many hospitals around the world, scientific evidence consistently validates the impact simulation can have on surgical training, as it reduces the learning curve involved. in the development of surgical skills.

Together, the articles demonstrate how simulation-based training is transforming the landscape of ophthalmology training and can reduce complication rates for those who train using this method. Released in the November 2022 issue, the four original articles were written by HelpMeSee physicians and institutional partners Indianamely Aravind Eye Care System and LV Prasad Eye Institute, and include the following topics:

Face validity, content and structure

Led by a team of Bombay, this article uses as its basis analyzes from structured feedback from expert cataract surgeons who have used the HelpMeSee eye surgery simulator. As noted, many experts found the visual representation of surgery on the simulator to be extremely realistic. Exhibiting extremely favorable results, the article involves a study of face validity, content, and structure. Led by HelpMeSee Partners and Medical Advisors Akshay Gopinathan NairChetan Ahiwalay, Ashish Bacchav and Lansingh, the article can be viewed on PubMed.

Trainee Performance Report

Doctors at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai – one of the earliest hospitals in India to integrate simulation training into its structured training program — is the author of this article. The article presents data from the Agent Pilot Study, which evaluated simulated surgical outcomes in surgical trainees using the virtual reality eye surgery simulator HelpMeSee. HelpMeSee doctors Lansingh, Bacchav and Ahiwalay, among other partners, contributed this article. It can be viewed on PubMed.

The Way Forward — Embracing Technology in Cataract Surgery Training

This editorial is a consensus statement of Indian opinion leaders in ophthalmic education. Led by HelpMeSee physicians Lansingh and Nair, this collaborative editorial identifies gaps in ophthalmology residency training and highlights how technological tools such as surgical simulators can be incorporated into ophthalmology training – even in resource-limited settings. – with good results. The article can be viewed on PubMed.

Cataract Surgical Risk Stratification Models

In partnership with the LV Prasad Eye Institute, Lansingh of HelpMeSee led this study, which focused on developing a risk stratification system that predicts outcomes in patients undergoing cataract surgery. The predictive ability of these learning models was based on a large real-world cataract surgery dataset to determine which patients would benefit the most from sight restoration surgery. The article can be viewed on PubMed.

“HelpMeSee’s management and team of physicians have shared important insights regarding the importance of research to validate and accelerate the adoption of simulation-based training,” said Saro Jahani, President and CEO of HelpMeSee. “Together, these papers showcase the critical impact that instructor-led, simulation-based training can have in ending cataract blindness worldwide.”

About HelpMeSee

In a world where 100 million people are blind or visually impaired due to cataracts, HelpMeSee is working to eradicate cataract blindness using virtual reality and simulation-based training. The nonprofit was founded by Al and Jim Ueltschi, who saw an opportunity to end suffering by bringing innovation from the aviation industry to the fight against cataract blindness. As co-founder of Orbis International and founder of FlightSafety International, Al Ueltschi was an icon of the aviation industry, dedicated to the treatment of avoidable blindness in developing countries. Today, his legacy lives on through HelpMeSee. The organization trains cataract specialists to ensure that all communities, especially those facing severe economic hardship, have access to cataract treatment as a human right to sight. With over 40 simulators and 11 training centers around the world, HelpMeSee partners with governments, universities and innovators to tackle the global cataract blindness crisis. For more information, visit

Media interested in speaking with one of HelpMeSee’s doctors, as sources can contact [email protected] or call 412-352-9240.

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