HelpMeSee Celebrates World Sight Day By Successfully Testing Leading Edge Virtual Cataract Eye Surgery Simulator

  HelpMeSee Celebrates World Sight Day By Successfully Testing Leading Edge
                    Virtual Cataract Eye Surgery Simulator

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2013

MANUAL SMALL INCISION CATARACT SURGICAL SIMULATOR PROOF OF CONCEPT EVIDENCES
SUCCESS

NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --In recognition of World
Sight Day, HelpMeSee – global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness – and
Moog – a worldwide designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision control
components and systems – have achieved a significant milestone in eye surgery
simulation by successfully demonstrating the capabilities of the world's first
MSICS (Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery) virtual reality surgical
training simulator.

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Several eminent expert ophthalmologists from China, France, Tunisia, the
Netherlands, and the United States of America participated in the
demonstration as a lead-up to the XXXI Congress ESCRS (European Society of
Cataract & Refractive Surgeons) conference held in Amsterdam last week. Dr.
Glenn Strauss, Chief Medical Officer for HelpMeSee, led the demonstration and
briefed the group of eminent ophthalmic surgeons including Dr. Jean-Marie
Andre of the Marseille Medical School in Ophthalmology.

"This is a major milestone in our strategy to treat and prevent cataract
blindness globally," said Dr. Strauss. "When completed, this simulation
technology, coupled with sophisticated courseware and a comprehensive training
curriculum, will provide the capacity to rapidly scale up the training of
highly skilled MSICS specialist to treat the millions of cataract blind living
in the developing world. HelpMeSee, our donors and friends are committed to
eliminating cataract blindness through innovative training and simulation
technologies developed and adapted from commercial pilot training. The
developing world requires 30,000 cataract specialists which is our goal."

Moog was selected to jointly design and manufacture the simulator. Moog
Industrial Group, a division of Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B), designs and
manufactures high performance motion control solutions in a range of
industrial applications including simulation for aviation, medical and dental
training.

"The eye surgery simulator definitely represents a new and viable way to train
future surgeons. More than that, I see it as a huge leap forward in terms of
ethics as finally surgeons can train without exposing patients. In essence,
the eye surgery simulator brings virtual reality to students," said Dr. Andre.
"They can now practice and repeat the procedure or a specific step of it as
many times as required until perfect. Virtual reality has the power to
essentially provide the advantages of reality as the eye is there, as we need
it, no patient is endangered. This to me represents a great way to train more
surgeons to operate on cataract patients."

In the hands of a skilled specialist, the MSICS procedure is quick and
extremely cost effective with excellent post-operative results comparable to
more costly procedures. In less than 2 years, through the financial support
of HelpMeSee donors, 93 partner surgeons have performed more than 70,000
cataract surgeries and are on track to complete 100,000 through 2013. 

James Ueltschi, Chairman and co-founder of HelpMeSee, remarked, "We proved at
FlightSafety International that simulators can be used to train thousands of
pilots every year. We strongly believe that this principle can apply to
cataract specialists as well. We are very confident we can solve the problem
of global blindness due to cataracts through this approach."

Seán Gartland, President, Moog Industrial Group commented: "This project is a
great opportunity to combine HelpMeSee and Moog's extensive and highly
complementary expertise. We bring our strong engineering capability to provide
simulator systems and high level haptic force feedback. Our long-term
experience and success in providing systems for flight simulators has enabled
unsurpassed levels of performance, fidelity and reliability. More recently,
our experience in developing the Simodont Dental Trainer confirmed the
increasingly key role that haptics can play in medical simulation and we are
excited to support efforts that help grow this industry. We are proud to
support the noble cause underlying the HelpMeSee Campaign."

About Moog
Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision
control components and systems. Moog Industrial Group designs and manufactures
high performance motion control solutions combining electric, hydraulic, and
hybrid technologies with expert consultative support in a range of
applications in energy, industrial automation, simulation and test. We help
performance-driven companies design and develop their next-generation
equipment. Moog's Industrial Group, with fiscal year 2012 sales of USD 634
million and over 40 locations worldwide, is part of Moog Inc. (NYSE:MOG.A and
MOG.B), which has sales of USD 2.47 billion. For more information please visit
www.moog.com/industrial.

About HelpMeSee
HelpMeSee (www.HelpMeSee.org) is a not-for-profit global campaign to eliminate
cataract blindness endemic in developing countries. HelpMeSee intends to make
the sight-restoring surgery available to millions of poor through financial
support and the training of thousands of highly skilled MSICS specialists
recruited from within their communities. HelpMeSee is pioneering a virtual
reality surgical simulator and training program to be implemented worldwide,
adapted from extensive experience in simulator based aviation training.

Watch a short video about the MSICS (manual small incision cataract surgery)
virtual reality surgical training simulator here -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL5WB2pxpRw

Note for editors
For more information, please contact:

Moog                     HelpMeSee
Marie-Laure Gelin        Perry Athanason
Tel: +31 (0) 252 462 034 Tel: +1-917-319-2126
Fax: +31 (0) 252 462 001 Fax: +1-212 221 7604
E-mail: mlgelin@moog.com E-Mail: perry@helpmesee.org

SOURCE HelpMeSee

Website: http://www.helpmesee.org
 
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