VOSH Represented at the WCO Meeting in India

President-Elect Tracy Matchinski and I had the honor of representing VOSH at the World Council of Optometry (WCO) meeting on September 11-13, 2017 in Hyderabad, India. The World Council of Optometry represents optometrist throughout the world and advocates for the advancement of the profession. It’s always educational to me to interact with other organizations that represent optometry on a global basis, especially in developing countries where optometry clinics may be scarce, schools of optometry may not exist, or optometry is not recognized as a profession. The WCO meeting offered a wide variety of excellent continuing education classes. Doctor Matchinski and I presented a course titled “Evaluation and Management of pediatric patients with visual impairment and pediatric patients with special needs” and also a Poster on the progress of our VOSH Corps program. One highlight of the trip was when our VOSH Philippine Chapter saw on Facebook that we were attending the meeting and found us in the exhibit hall to say hello. It’s always a pleasure visiting with our chapters, especially those international ones that we rarely have a chance to connect with personally.  After the meeting, Dr. Matchinski spent two days lecturing at the LV Prasad Eye Institute symposium to optometrist from many different countries. Thanks to Dr. Vijaya Gothwal and her co-workers for touring me through their state of the art facility. I look forward to seeing you at the VOSH Annual Meeting in Chicago on Saturday, October 14, where our theme “Winning Together” reflects my belief in our strength in...

September Chapter of the Month

CHAPTER OF THE MONTH VOSH-PA   For its amazing work and dedication to the people of Haiti, in both short term clinics and developing the first optometry school  working with other partners including OGS , VOSH/International and more, we are pleased to recognize VOSH-Pennsylvania as the September Chapter of the Month.    Former chapter and VOSH/International President Dave McPhillips, OD provided the inspired story of activity and signed an agreement with the new School with the Haitian Rector and Dean of the Faculty of the Medical School. Also check out the link to the video on one of VOSH-PA missions to Pont Sonde, Haiti at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOP-pwV8ya4&sns=em   From Dr. McPhillips: VOSH-PA has done 4 outreach trips to Haiti in 2017, 3 to northern Haiti and 1 to the south.  3 of the 4 trips were also working with Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) who donated supplies and surgical volunteers for cataract surgeries, working alongside Haitian ophthalmologists.   During the 4 trips over 6000 patients were examined, with 80% of them receiving prescription and/or sun glasses and hats to protect them from the sun.  15% were referred to Haitian ophthalmologists for cataract . glaucoma and pterygium surgery, with this surgery sponsored (read paid for) by Vosh PA and ongoing year round. During the recent July trip Vosh- PA cofounder Dr. David Mcphillips flew from northern Haiti to the University of Haiti in Port au Prince to meet with the Rector of the university and Dean of the faculty of medicine to sign a memorandum of agreement to start the first optometry school in Haiti in october 2017....

Hurricane Harvey: Vision Assistance

Like so many others, ​I ​have been watching the devastation unfold in Texas and Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. In addition to personal accounts from family in the area, social media platforms such as Facebook have provided us all a personal glimpse into the lives of people that have had to evacuate their homes, lost their business, cars, the list goes on and on.  VOSH stands for Volunteer Optometric Services to HUMANITY. There’s many definitions of humanity, but I like this one from Merriam-Webster “the quality or state of being kind to other people or animals”. VOSHer’s volunteer their time and talents because we care and get so much by giving of ourselves.   Vision related injuries, including broken or lost glasses​, are often the product of such disasters.  The severity of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath call us once again to respond in desperate times. If you want to help with the recovery effort or know people affected by Hurricane Harvey, there’s a few sources to which we can guide you: Remote Area Medical (RAM) will be launching a mission to the affected area in the coming weeks. They are looking for medical and veterinary volunteers to help them in this cause. Go to http://ramusa.org/disaster-relief/ to find out more. The Eye Center of Houston, Vision Source has partnered with VSP and EyeMed Vision and plans to offer FREE Eye Exams and Glasses for First Responders or ANY disaster victims who have lost or damaged their glasses. If you have VSP or EyeMed, schedule your FREE exam today 713-777-2020. If you don’t have VSP or EyeMed, contact your local...