Find out more about the SVOSH Mentorship Program – Sinaloa

By Dan Twelker, OD One of the best reasons to go to a VOSH International meeting is to network with optometrists from around the world. While at the 2016 Annual VOSH International Meeting I met Carlos Martinez, Licenced Optometrist, and Emiliano Teran Bobadillo, PhD from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa in Culiacan. We discussed me visiting their program and giving a couple lectures. I applied for the SVOSH Mentorship Program grant through VOSH International and Optometry Giving Sight. The grant provided money for a couple retinoscopes, battery handles, a charger, lens bars, and a practice schematic eye.  I took a direct flight from Phoenix, Arizona to Culiacan. On Thanksgiving morning I met four of the faculty for breakfast (see photo #1), Head of Dept, Lic Optom Carlos Martinez, Emiliano Teran Bobadillo, PhD, Lic Optom Rosalia Ramirez Jaimes, and Lic Optom Jorge Martinez. I toured the Licenciatura en Optometria building and classrooms (Photos #2 and #3). I gave a 2-hour lecture at the University on Retinoscopy and Refraction. (Photos #4 and #5). I emphasized the need for all optometrists to learn retinoscopy and be competent at a high level.  The next day I gave a 2-hour on Treatments to Slow the Progressions of Myopia, including bifocals, contact lenses, and Atropine 0.01% solution. We discussed the role of sunlight and outdoor exposure. I gave the optometry instruments to Carlos Martinez, Head of the Optometry Department. In the afternoon we completed an outreach clinic to a local orphanage (Photos #6a and #6b). We screened 17 children and gave eye exams to 5 nuns who ran the orphanage, providing spectacles to those who...

VOSH-Ghana: VOSH-Illinois: Chapter of the Month-January 2017

Chapter of Month – VOSH-Ghana Flying off to a great start as the 81st VOSH chapter worldwide, our first Chapter of the Month for 2017 is VOSH-Ghana. VOSH-Ghana became a full fledged VOSH chapter in 2016 and has been extraordinarily active. Membership includes 10 certified doctors of optometry, and 3 others in diverse fields with technical support from final year students of the KNUST school of optometry. Here’s a great opportunity to work with an active chapter in Ghana who welcomes and will host VOSH chapters on a mission to Ghana. The Republic of Ghana along the Atlantic Ocean, is a territory inhabited for millenia. Present day Ghana is a multicultural nation, with a population of approximately 27 million, spanning a variety of ethnic, linguistic and religious groups. Here’s the latest report from VOSH-Ghana: With financial support from rotary club of Accra west, we have successfully organised two outreach missions in two regions in Ghana. A total of 419 people have had access to free eye care with 131 free eye glasses and 266 free medication. A total of 196 have been referred to various hospitals for further management. 87 of the people referred had cataract and 45 of them had refractive error Vital eye care education provided included, printouts of informative eye health messages, information on common eye conditions, signs and symptoms of vision threatening conditions, first aid care, and common myths about the eye. We emphasize on the need for frequent eye check ups and medication compliance. VOSH-Ghana Chapter President Abena Adjei Ntim, OD, MSC outlined an active and expanded future for the chapter. “We look forward...

Eye care team donates hats for sun protection

When you provide eye exams and eyeglasses to your international patients in bright sunny countries, it’s also great to provide them with hats for sun protection!  We have given away hundreds of hats, and the people are always so grateful.  Over the past few years, I have collected a lot more hats than I can give away. I easily have over 4,000 hats in storage right now. If your team is looking for a supply of hats to donate to your patients, I have them for you!  Please contact me, and I’d be happy to get some shipped out. Thank you for serving the poor of the world! Contact Karen Norrick at...

ADEH interested in hosting optometrists

Arunodaya Deseret Eye Hospital (ADEH) is a community based, tertiary, eye care institute located in the township of Gurgaon, Haryana, India. ADEH is a unit of Arunodaya Charitable Trust (ACT). ADEH is interested in hosting Optometrists from around the globe, in batches of 2-4, to gain hands on experience in our high volume village refraction & cataract camps. ADEH provides accommodation in twin bed a/c guest room, on its campus in Sector-55, Gurgaon, India. For more information, please visit: www.actforvision.com.  Location: Arunodaya Deseret Eye Hospital (ADEH) Sector-55, Plot # NH-4, Gurgaon, Haryana 122011,...

Volunteers needed for Haiti mission

Vosh-PA is currently looking for a couple of ODs and optometry students to join them on an amazing trip to Cap Haitian, Haiti January 8-14, 2017. This a good time of year to take your high school or college-aged son or daughter on an experience of a lifetime. Please contact Dr. Diane Wilson at dianewilson1661@gmail.com for more...