Connect with us

Press Releases

HelpMeSee Completes 1,000Th Training In 2022 In Fight to Eradicate Global Cataract Blindness

With global partners, nonprofit uses innovative technology to help restore sight.




HelpMeSee is using innovative technology to train cataract specialists and eradicate global cataract blindness.
HelpMeSee is using innovative technology to train cataract specialists and eradicate global cataract blindness.

(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — HelpMeSee, which uses simulation-based training to help eradicate cataract blindness, has reached a milestone with the training of its 1,000th cataract specialist in 2022. The global nonprofit partners with innovators, universities and governments to establish training centers around the world to meet the growing need to provide surgery for people with cataract blindness.

“As we reach this milestone for the year, we are grateful to our global partners and supporters for their commitment to restoring the gift of sight,” said Saro Jahani, president and CEO. “Using the power of virtual reality and simulation-based training, we are building scalable solutions, based on innovation that changes lives. Together, we are focused on solving a humanitarian crisis that has brought unnecessary suffering to millions of people around the world.”

According to the International Association for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), more than 100 million people are blind or visually impaired due to untreated cataracts. That number is projected to grow significantly unless action is taken now. Although many cases of cataract blindness can be cured through surgery, the challenge worldwide is a shortage of talent that can perform cataract surgery, particularly in the developing world.

HelpMeSee and its partners are working to help people like those living in Madagascar, where cataracts are the cause of a mounting public health crisis. As an example of the challenge that exists in the developing world, this nation of 26 million people has only 25 cataract surgeons available to perform surgery and restore the gift of sight.

In addition to celebrating this milestone, HelpMeSee has received a transformational gift of $3 million from a longtime, anonymous donor that will allow every gift made through the end of 2022 to be matched dollar for dollar. This gift doubles the impact of other donors through the end of the year and will accelerate the nonprofit’s mission and help to train thousands of cataract specialists who will restore sight for people in need.




The Best Overall Progressive Lens, Now Powered by AI

Engineered with Behavioral Artificial Intelligence and utilizing new XR-motion™ technology, Varilux XR series goes beyond prescription and eye physiology to consider the patient’s visual behavior and design a progressive lens that respects how
their eyes naturally move.

Varilux XR series comes in two versions, Varilux® XR design and Varilux® XR track. The Varilux XR track lens provides an additional level of personalization by incorporating the exclusive Near Vision Behavior Measurement, providing up to 25% more near vision width3 according to the patient’s need, so patients get the highest level of customization.

Discover Varilux XR series and enjoy instantly sharp vision in motion4 and seamless transitions from near to far.

For more information, visit here.

Promoted Headlines





Get the most important news and business ideas for eyecare professionals every weekday from INVISION.



Most Popular