Be part of the solution:

Donate or request used optometric equipment

Help a clinic or school envision its future

The VOSH/INTERNATIONAL Resource Management Team partnering with Optometry Giving Sight welcomes your interest in our Technology Transfer Program (TTP). VOSH, through TTP, collects, restores and ships used optometric equipment, lenses and frames to needy clinics, teaching institutions, hospitals and NGO’s. VOSH/INTERNATIONAL is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible.

VOSH accepts the following equipment as donations (however please inquire at stacy@VOSH.org if you do not see your item on the list):

Autorefractors, handheld and desktop.
Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopes (Heine)
Bio-microscopes (Slit Lamp)
Contrast Sensitivity Tester
Frames (plastic in particular)
Frame Warmer
Groovers
Hand Edgers, Edgers using patterns
Hand Tools
Instrument Recharging Wells
Keratometers, manual
Lens Blanks Glass, CR39, Bifocals, Progressive
Lens Blank Finisher
Lensometers, manual

Near Point Acuity Cards
Optical Rulers
Phoropters
Projectors
Pupilometers
Radius-gauge or Radioscope
Readers, Single Vision and Bifocals
Retinoscopes and Ophthalmoscopes with various types of handles
Staking Sets
Sunglasses
Tangent Screen and Visual Field Testers
Tonometers, Schiotz, NCT, Keeler PulseAir
Trial Lens Kits and Trial Lens Frames
Vision Testers, mostly Keystone

VOSH currently has the following equipment to loan to VOSH Chapters in good standing (however please inquire at stacy@VOSH.org if you do not see your desired item on the list):

Autorefractor, handheld
Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope (Heine) Ophthalmoscopes
Bio-microscopes (Slit Lamp)
Frames
Frame Warmer
Groovers
Hand Edgers, Edgers using patterns
Hand Tools
Instrument Recharging Wells
Keratometers, manual
Lensometers, manual
Near Point Acuity Cards
Optical Rulers
Phoropters
Radius-gauge or Radioscope
Readers, Single Vision and Bifocals
Retinoscopes and Ophthalmoscopes with various types of handles
Staking Sets
Sunglasses
Tangent Screen and Visual Field Testers
Trial Lens Kit and Trial Lens Frame
WA Spot Vision Screener

Please note: Occasionally equipment donated may not be needed or suitable for current TTP needs and may be sold or otherwise disposed of by VOSH.

Questions: Please contact Dr. David Stacy, Chair of the Technology Transfer Program (TTP): stacy@vosh.org or 480.737.7642

Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

VOSH/International recently consulted its US and International Chapters about the feasibility and timing to restart our humanitarian clinics. While the vaccination process continues with different levels of success depending on availability and acceptance, it is evident that vaccine inequity and the availability and reliability of data in several countries are issues we need to consider.

Even if already vaccinated, our chapters are still concerned about the wellbeing of our volunteers and patients.  Some chapters, are organizing clinics locally where they are better able to comply with the existing safety requirements and respective state/country regulations.

The COVID-19 pandemic is being experienced quite differently depending on state, region, country, vaccine availability, vaccine acceptance, and the spread of SARS-COV-2 variants. Most VOSH chapters are not holding clinics or traveling internationally in 2021.

Thus, VOSH/International is slightly moderating its overall guidance against clinics and travel issued in late March 2020 and renewed in January 2021. This will be reviewed and communicated on a quarterly basis.

If a VOSH Chapter choses to hold a clinic or travel internationally, we highly recommend that the chapter performs due diligence to comply fully with the requirements established by the visited country, ensures all VOSH volunteers are aware of and follow strict safety guidelines and all existing protocols and regulations of the country, and keeps the principle of “do no harm” embedded in all its decision making. As always, the wellbeing and 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. VOSH chapters in specific countries are using protocols that need to be considered as well. You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here.

*VOSH/International is formed by autonomous US and international chapters that are fully and only responsible for their activities, fundraising and decision-making.  VOSH/International can only provide recommendations based on our best knowledge and information at the time.

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 hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

July 2021