VOSH-Northwest is going to Uganda

VOSH-Northwest is planning a mission trip to  Kapchorwa, Uganda Sept 11-27, 2018 Approx trip cost $ 4050, including air fare and safari trek. 5 days of clinic followed with a 5 day safari to trek the Mountain Gorilla  in Bwindi NP. Please email Willow Thompson, OD   idrwillow@hotmail.com with intent to go by March 1st. Deposit of $2000 needed by March 15th. Dates may vary plus or minus a day or two on either...

VOSH-CA is looking for ODs and SVOSH students for Feb. mission to Baja Mexico ( all expenses paid!)

VOSH-CA is looking for ODs and SVOSH students: Mission to Santa Rosalia, Baja California, Mexico (8 hour drive south of San Diego). There are 20 schools with 4000 students and teachers to screen and approximately 400 to examine. Driving down on Feb 25 and returning March 4 after whale petting on March 3 at Magdalena Bay. All expenses paid by their hosts, the Manhattan Beach Sister City (except airfare). organization. Contact Greg Pearl, OD...

Did you know that VOSH has been a member of World Council of Optometry for Many Years?

Dear VOSH/International, Thank you for your World Council of Optometry (WCO) affiliate membership. If you have any questions, or need assistance in any way, please contact me directly.  We are also pleased to attach your 2018 WCO membership certificate, ready to print and display in your office. As you know, the WCO is an international optometric association representing optometrists across six world regions. We envision a world where high quality eye health and vision care is accessible to all people. Our mission is to facilitate the development of optometry around the world and support optometrists in promoting eye health and vision care as a human right through: Advocacy Education Policy Development Humanitarian Outreach As a membership-based organization, the WCO relies on your dues to continue our work on behalf of global optometry and the public that we serve. It is because of dedicated members like you that we are able to continue our work. We sincerely thank you for your continued support, and encourage you to invite your colleagues to join the WCO. We look forward to serving you, because together, we will do great things. Warmly,   World Council of Optometry Web:          www.worldoptometry.org Click Here to View or Download VOSH Certificate: AffiliateMemberCertificate-2018-VOSH International    ...

VOSH-TX needs ODs for its sustainable clinic in Chihuahua, MX: March 5-11, 2018

A VERY EASY and Convenient VOSH Clinic!!!   No – or very few – refractions as this clinic will focus on cataract surgeries. March 5-11, 2018 and other trips throughout the year, every year The Guerrero Clinic is in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico – a two hour direct flight from either Dallas or Houston plus a two hour ride up into apple orchard country in the mountains (7,000 feet elevation). We have modern facilities (11 equipped exam rooms, 3 surgical suites, an optical shop, and more), appreciative patients, fabulous translators, sleeping quarters, and great food. All we need is YOU !! If you like adventure, we have an optional one day trip to the Copper Canyon where you can do zip lines, rappelling and hiking (from the top of the canyon – which happens to be bigger than the Grand Canyon). Go to www.GuerreroClinic.Org for more information and the application  Questions? Contact either     Walter Branson in Houston    979-236-1970    Walter@GuerreroClinic.org or     Robert Yudkin in Dallas         214-213-6808     Robert@GuerreroClinic.org...

Ok, so now it’s been about a month since you have made those New Year’s resolutions.  How is that going for you?

So, what is a resolution anyway?  It can be defined as a firm decision to do (or not do) something, the action of solving a problem or contentious matter and the quality of being resolute or determined.  VOSH/International continues to be resolute in pursuing its goal of facilitating the provision and sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford or obtain such care.  V/I is doing many wonderful things to provide care and promote optometry.     As I step into the Presidency of VOSH/International,  and review my NY’s resolutions for VOSH, my Presidential goals are my resolutions for VOSH/International during my term.  I would like to focus on the following Presidential Goals: Promote and strengthening the work of VOSH Chapters within our own communities.  International trips are important, but happen 1-2x/year for a chapter.  What else can VOSH be doing?  With the challenges of healthcare, it is an unfortunate reality, that even in our own communities, people need help. Develop resource center for chapters:  Essilor Vision Foundation for lenses, frame donations, good Samaritan law to protect volunteer doctors, exam and wavier forms, sources for reading glasses, sunglasses, collaboration with SEE for local cataract surgery Continue to inspire optometry students to be involved with VOSH after their graduation.  There are many volunteer organizations, but VOSH is uniquely optometry.  It is the grassroots optometric volunteer organization.  Work to make VOSH clinic trips more recognized as valuable experiences for students, work with optometry schools and encourage students to participate. For international clinic trips, continue to make our work more meaningful by working within the continuum of sustainability.  Some ways to...