MEET NEW VOSH CORPS PLACEMENT, Dr. Ben Konig

Now in Nicaragua and citing unique experiences and possibilities for other North American OD’s, read about Ben Koenig, OD in this article in OGS News.    VOSH Corps is a collaboration between VOSH International and Brien Holden Vision Institute with financial support provided by Optometry Giving Sight.   The program invites North American ODs to serve in emerging optometric institutions as faculty and program development assistants as a means of building optometric education worldwide. To learn more, visit http://vosh.org/get-involved/vosh-corps/...

Optometry: A “Giving” Career

In this season of giving, it becomes a time of reflection about our lives and being thankful for what we have.  We can also reflect on how to give back, how we can make an impact.  It is important to give monetary support, but it is equally important to give of yourself and your time.  If you can help, help others with whatever special skills you have.  Giving money is very impactful.  Within the optometric profession there are many organizations to donate money to make a difference.  Find one that you support and donate.  VOSH/International can be one of those organizations.   Donated money goes 100% to VOSH/International projects.  These projects include local and international efforts.  Locally, money can help to provide support and loaned equipment to VOSH chapters and student involvement.  International projects include supporting optometric education at newly established optometry schools in developing countries through VOSH Corps.  VOSH Corps is a program where North American trained optometrists become faculty members at the newly established optometry schools.  VOSH/International also supports these developing optometry schools with equipment through the Technology Transfer Program (TTP). Giving of your time is also very impactful.  The ability to see enables social interaction, education, employment.  Without vision these things become much more difficult.  It is easy as an optometrist to use our skills to help others.  Eye examinations, prescription of glasses, detection and treatment of eye conditions, detection of medical conditions through eye signs is what we do.  We don’t always remember the impact you can have on someone’s life, it can be profound.  Volunteer with your local VOSH chapter.   VOSH clinic trips can happen...

“If I Can See Better, I Will Learn Better

“IF I CAN SEE BETTER, I WILL LEARN BETTER” is UNAN OPTOMETRY AND VOSH-NICARAGUA CAMPAIGN  Ben Koenig, VOSH/International’s recent VOSH Corps placement at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua-Managua (UNAN) is interviewed here by TV channel 15 in Nicaragua. Ben, just working on improving his Spanish speaking skills, did this interview entirely in Spanish. Click on the link below to hear the Spanish interview.  To our Spanish speaking VOSHers – How’d Ben do? The “If I can see better, I can learn better” campaign’s purpose is to identify children with refractive error and binocular vision problems that UNAN can help to allow the children to learn better in school. UNAN is working with an organization called EDUCO to provide glasses for the children who need them. The campaign begins in Managua in 2018. Ben is acting as an adviser for VOSH-Nicaragua, and will be one of the supervising doctors for UNAN optometry students during the campaign.  ...

VOSH work recognized in Nicaragua

A local newspaper in Nicaragua recently recognized the work that VOSH and SVOSH are doing in their country. VOSH has done work in Managua, Masaya, Matagalpa and Jinotega, Nicaragua. See the article at this...

SVOSH Video Contest

Also congratulations to second place, SVOSH-Phillipines, Manilla Central University for a wonderful video “Saving Sight IS Winning Together.” And the close third and great fun was SVOSH-Illinois College of Optometry and “The SVOSH Olympics.” All had to relate to the theme of the meeting, “Winning...