The Alcon Foundation supports a free eye care clinic for elementary students at their school in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. We have a clinic scheduled for February 13-15. Approximately 200 students are in need of exams

Here’s the details:
*Free exams and glasses for children in need
*Peachtree Elementary, Title I school located in Peachtree Corners, GA
*All students were screened by Prevent Blindness
*Exams for ~200 elementary-aged children
February 13-15
*Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) is providing lenses, frames and lab work
*Remote Access Medical (RAM) is providing volunteers and equipment – have up to 10 exam lanes available
*Glasses should be delivered back to students on/around March 26

Local Alcon contact: Mark McCann mark.mccann@alcon.com

Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

Due to an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections, a new variant that is more contagious, and these being early days in the vaccination distribution, VOSH/International DOES NOT recommend that chapters participate in domestic or international eye and vision clinics at this time.

We reiterate that at a time when the coronavirus continues to spread quickly in many parts of the world and vaccinations are not yet available to local populations, the risk of close contact with patients in a crowded outpatient environment remains high.

If a VOSH Chapter or VOSH volunteer chooses to hold a clinic against our best guidance, this is done at your own risk, by your own decision and should be in line with current local/national government rules.  VOSH/International would like to reiterate that safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process.

We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context.  You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/when-to-delay-travel.html

US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Thank you for your patience in these unprecedented times, hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

January 2021