Harry Zeltzer

Harry I. Zeltzer, OD, DOS, FVI, FAAO, Director Emeritus

Dr. Zeltzer is a Past President of VOSH/International.  He practiced optometry in Waltham, Mass for thirty five years where he invented and patented a contact lens for treating color deficiency known as X-Chrom. While in practice he was a military reservist at the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine and a consultant to Helen Keller International in its development of the “Childsight Program”. His VOSH experience began in 1985 as co-founder and president of the New England chapter (VOSH-ONE) serving more than 50 fifty missions in the Americas, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Indian Health Service. Dr. Zeltzer is the recipient of the Essilor-UNESCO Humanitarian of The Year Award 2003 and the VOSH/International Lifetime Achievement Award 2008. He received an Honorary Doctor of Ocular Science degree from the New England College of Optometry in 2004 from where he graduated in 1952. In 2013 he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Optometry in the department of Specialty and Advanced Care. He is a Fellow of VOSH/International (FVI) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO).  He is Director Emeritus of Friends of ASAPROSAR (Association of Salvadoran Rural Health) and holds life memberships in the American Optometric Association, The American Academy of Optometry and the New England College of Optometry. During WW11 he served in the Army of Occupation of Japan. Dr. Zeltzer can be contacted at zeltzer@vosh.org.