VOSH-Texas May Chapter of the Month

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...