American Academy of Optometry to present VOSH/International Past President C. Ellis Potter, OD, FAAO, FVI, with the 2017 Recipient of the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

  Dr. Ellis Potter, has been announced as the 2017 recipient of the The American Academy of Optometry’s Brien Holden Humanitarian Award. The award, honoring the memory and work of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO, recognizes an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to improve eye care within a country or region. In particular, the award acknowledges humanitarian efforts in the nonprofit sector that build or support the development of sustainable eye care systems in developing communities. (See http://www.aaopt.org/regsite/2017-award-recipients). The coveted Brien Holden Humanitarian Award embraces a bond between the academic and  humanitarian branches of optometry. Dr. Potter, a longtime Fellow of The Academy of Optometry, demonstrates a commitment to both. As a recipient of this Award,  Dr. Potter honors the memory of Brien Holden as well as his accomplishments in VOSH/International. Ellis’ commitment to eradicate world blindness continues until this day.  Dr. Potter is a shining example of a life so rare in continuing humanitarianism. He leads by example and has inspired many.     Dr. Potter has a lifetime record of humanitarianism. In his community and his profession, he has been an individual that always goes above and beyond. Dr. Potter has a long and distinguished career with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, both in the International level and in his state chapter. He has been a member of VOSH-Kansas since 1994, leading over 13 VOSH clinic trips. He served in leadership positions within VOSH/International since 2009 and President from 2011-2013. He was recognized as a Fellow  of VOSH/International in 2006,  a member of the Franklin Harms Society in 2013 and awarded a Certificate of Recognition for...

VOSH-Illinois: Chapter of the Month-June 2017

HISTORIC VOSH-ILLINOIS: JUNE CHAPTER OF THE MONTH An extraordinary four decades of history and level of activity lead to a well deserved recognition for VOSH-Illinois as Chapter of the Month. Read on for the summary from Chapter President Andrew Kohn: The Illinois chapter of VOSH was founded in 1976 and has provided eyecare locally and on missions to over 40 countries. Over the past 12 months, VOSH Illinois has completed service trips to Guatemala, Baja California, and El Salvador. An additional trip to Mexico is planned for November of 2017. Recent local activity includes screenings and care for disabled individuals in a nursing facility, a group of refugees, and a group of impoverished young mothers and their children. Our membership feels privileged to have the opportunity to serve those in need and looks forward to doing so for many years to...

VOSH-Texas: Chapter of the Month-May 2017

VOSH-Texas has been selected as the VOSH May Chapter of the Month! For it’s extraordinary work at the Guerrero Clinic in Chihuahua, Mexico. Read on and check out the video which includes much about VOSH itself and its contributions at http://texasvosh.org/clinicvideo.html From VOSH-Texas: Vosh Texas for its commitment to the Guerrero, Chihuahua, Mexico clinic. This clinic was established in 1989, built out its own permanent facility and brings many disciplines to care for a very unserved population. Volunteers come to 3 or 4 VOSH sponsored clinics each year where they provide over half the indigent care in the State of Chihuahua. Our just completed March clinic saw volunteers from Mass., New Mexico, West Virginia, Alabama, Texas, the Dominican Republic and Mexico work beautifully together. At any given clinic, we may provide Plastic Surgery, OBGYN, General Medicine, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Fabricating and dispensing Opticians as well as Optometry. We have equipped 9 exam rooms, three dental suites, and a surgery that can accommodate 5 eye surgeons simultaneously. We encourage SVOSH participation and have had optometry students from 5 different optometry colleges attend where they get invaluable first hand experiences.  Volunteer, Guerrero Clinic Clinic Video The Guerrero clinic provides eye and dental care to the indigent population of the State Of Chihuahua and Mexico....

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...