VOSH 27th ANNUAL MEETING 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2019 VOSH Annual Meeting being held on October 27, 2019 in Orlando FL. Our VOSH Annual Meeting gives the opportunity to VOSH members and partners to join in a day of learning, networking and fruitful discussions to continue bringing the gift of sight. In addition, the World Council of Optometry (WCO) and the American Academy of Optometry (Academy) also will be co-hosting the 3rd World Congress of Optometry in Orlando October 23-28, 2019 and will feature joint CE tracks.

Come and join us for a unique day where you can meet like-minded colleagues representing our wide membership in the US and abroad.

This year’s theme is “Big Vision, Small World.” Our big vision is of a world where everyone has access to eye health and vision care that is affordable, accessible and of high professional standards.  Optometry is changing and there are many ways we build bridges, we connect and reduce distances and barriers making the world smaller and easier to work within.

The program will explore the potential of telemedicine to increase impact and expand our outreach. The key elements of sustainable eye clinics and strengthening connections with local health systems plus the role of supporting optometric education through starting new schools or upgrading optometric degree programs will help us place our work in the local context we operate from.  These will be complemented with reflections on the future of global optometry and the evolution of partners’ initiatives to respond to specific patients’ needs. Lectures will be complemented by an overview of VOSH chapters’ achievements and the lessons from a journey towards sustainability and developing lasting partnerships shared by our VOSH-Southeast chapter.

During the meeting we will welcome our incoming President, J. Dan Twelker, OD and new Board members.

We would be delighted if you can join us in sunny Florida in October 27th for a memorable day of exchanges and collaboration.

Yours In VOSH,

Tracy L. Matchinski, OD, FAAO, FVI
President, VOSH/International

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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