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- CO is looking for volunteers for mission to Taksindu, Nepal November 4-13, 2018.

VOSH- CO is looking for volunteers  for a mission trip to Taksindu, Nepal November 4-13, 2018.  They will be joining an established group that has been medical only in the past and they would like to add vision.  We need a few more ODs and also other volunteers.  It involves trekking for a few hours to get to the location of the clinic, which is a monastery.  Sherpas and yaks will carry all of the glasses and equipment, etc.  A travel agent already has logistics planned out.   There will be opportunities to extend the trip either before or after for more trekking if desired. Contact Kara Fedders,...

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    ...

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...