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NEW YORK - (October 10, 2013) – 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.

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

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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

About HelpMeSee
HelpMeSee ( 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.

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Watch a short video about the MSICS (manual small incision cataract surgery) virtual reality surgical training
simulator here -

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:                              E-Mail:

 HelpMeSee simulator development team, Dr. M. Glenn Strauss, Chief Medical Officer, and Dennis Gulasy,
  Director of Engineering and Simulation Systems evaluate the Prototype (proof of concept) of HelpMeSee
                   MSICS Eye Surgery Simulator by Moog (Photo courtesy of HelpMeSee)

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