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COME to the 2019 VOSH 27th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida on Sunday October 27, 2019






SAVE THE DATE and MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the next VOSH Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida on Sunday October 27, 2019

The 27th VOSH Annual Meeting will be held immediately after the 3rd World Congress of Optometry presented by the World Council of Optometry in partnership with the American Academy of Optometry (Oct. 23-26, 2019). 

Fittingly, as the meeting is near Disney World, the theme at the VOSH Annual Meeting will be “Big Vision, Small World”, looking at optometry globally. There will be exciting international speakers and relevant breakout sessions and participation by all chapters present. 

We are all passionate about serving others through VOSH. SO YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!


The VOSH Fellowship fosters the development of humanitarian leaders to meet the challenge of VISION 2020 and to prepares individuals who may be asked to consult with governmental agencies, educational, private, or public institutions, and the media on issues related to the mission and vision of VOSH/International.

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Years in the planning with VOSH/International as a major collaborating partner, 19 Optometry students begin the long sought journey to build critically needed eye care capacity in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Read this exciting news in the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI OGS) release below. Past V/I President Dr. Dave McPhillips and Dr. Halpren are there representing VOSH/International.

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Jordan Kassalow awarded Humanitarian of Year, Bud Falkenhain awarded Lifetime Achievement, and Natalie Venezia presented with President Circle Award at the 2018 VOSH Annual Meeting.


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Interested in an hand held autorefractor for your VOSH clinic?

PlenOptika has a special offer for VOSH AND SVOSH members.   The PlenOptika auto-refractor list price is $6,490. It’s available to VOSH members through February 15th for $5,950 and includes a Bluetooth printer ($220 value).  See https://plenoptika.com/ If interested, please contact Plenoptika directly to purchase the AR. Shivang Dave, PhD, CEO sales@plenoptika.com (m) 617.862.2203... read more


Imagine losing your sight and with it your capacity to be independent, access education, work or engage socially.  In the world more than one billion people live with some form of disability.  Visual disability affects 217 million people with moderately or severely visual impairment and 36 million with blindness.  2.5 billion people around the world have uncorrected refractive error with 1.1 needing near correction due to presbyopia (https://visionimpactinstitute.org/).  80% of those affected by disability live in developing countries and are among those most marginalised.   Since 1992, on December 3rd the International Day of Disabled Persons is observed across the world.  It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.  You can read more about it here: http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/background.shtml One hundred and seventy seven countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The purpose is to “promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.  Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.” https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/ConventionRightsPersonsWithDisabilities.aspx Through our 84 chapters worldwide, VOSH/International reaches some of the most needed communities across the world bringing essential eye health care and preventing many people becoming permanently visually disabled.  Our community clinics deliver quality and... read more