September 2015 Insight: A New Direction with Recycled Eyeglasses

I have recently returned from the First World Congress of Optometry. More than 2500 optometrists, industry professionals and scholars came together from 60 countries, in a city known for making big changes through smart and innovative choices. The event took place in Medellín, a city in Colombia known 20 years ago as “the most dangerous city in the world,” yet now is among the most innovative. In 2013, Medellín won the Wall Street Journal award for Most Innovative City, ahead of New York and Tel Aviv. I left so inspired by my experience in Colombia. I visited a city that is no longer tied to the way life has always been done. VOSH should be the same. VOSH/International is a strong advocate of the WCO’s (World Health Organization) mission and I had a great experience learning more about the cause and how we can be more involved.  I had the opportunity to engage with representatives from the ministry of health in Colombia, IAPB (International Association for Prevention of Blindness), WHO, the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Optometry Giving Sight, and many more that, like VOSH, are advocating for healthy vision. Along that line of thinking, and in support of these global organizations of which VOSH/International is a member, the Recycled Eyeglasses committee of the VOSH/International board, recommended the position statement below to the board at our last meeting.  This position statement is in support of the similar position statement on recycled glasses put forth by the IAPB almost 1 year ago. This is a goal for all chapters to strive for, as a perfect VOSH mission should be always in support of sustainable...