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Did you know that VOSH has been a member of World Council of Optometry for Many Years?

Dear VOSH/International, Thank you for your World Council of Optometry (WCO) affiliate membership. If you have any questions, or need assistance in any way, please contact me directly.  We are also pleased to attach your 2018 WCO membership certificate, ready to print and display in your office. As you know, the WCO is an international optometric association representing optometrists across six world regions. We envision a world where high quality eye health and vision care is accessible to all people. Our mission is to facilitate the development of optometry around the world and support optometrists in promoting eye health and vision care as a human right through: Advocacy Education Policy Development Humanitarian Outreach As a membership-based organization, the WCO relies on your dues to continue our work on behalf of global optometry and the public that we serve. It is because of dedicated members like you that we are able to continue our work. We sincerely thank you for your continued support, and encourage you to invite your colleagues to join the WCO. We look forward to serving you, because together, we will do great things. Warmly,   World Council of Optometry Web:          www.worldoptometry.org Click Here to View or Download VOSH Certificate: AffiliateMemberCertificate-2018-VOSH International    ... read more

VOSH-TX needs ODs for its sustainable clinic in Chihuahua, MX: March 5-11, 2018

A VERY EASY and Convenient VOSH Clinic!!!   No – or very few – refractions as this clinic will focus on cataract surgeries. March 5-11, 2018 and other trips throughout the year, every year The Guerrero Clinic is in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico – a two hour direct flight from either Dallas or Houston plus a two hour ride up into apple orchard country in the mountains (7,000 feet elevation). We have modern facilities (11 equipped exam rooms, 3 surgical suites, an optical shop, and more), appreciative patients, fabulous translators, sleeping quarters, and great food. All we need is YOU !! If you like adventure, we have an optional one day trip to the Copper Canyon where you can do zip lines, rappelling and hiking (from the top of the canyon – which happens to be bigger than the Grand Canyon). Go to www.GuerreroClinic.Org for more information and the application  Questions? Contact either     Walter Branson in Houston    979-236-1970    Walter@GuerreroClinic.org or     Robert Yudkin in Dallas         214-213-6808     Robert@GuerreroClinic.org... read more

Ok, so now it’s been about a month since you have made those New Year’s resolutions.  How is that going for you?

So, what is a resolution anyway?  It can be defined as a firm decision to do (or not do) something, the action of solving a problem or contentious matter and the quality of being resolute or determined.  VOSH/International continues to be resolute in pursuing its goal of facilitating the provision and sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford or obtain such care.  V/I is doing many wonderful things to provide care and promote optometry.     As I step into the Presidency of VOSH/International,  and review my NY’s resolutions for VOSH, my Presidential goals are my resolutions for VOSH/International during my term.  I would like to focus on the following Presidential Goals: Promote and strengthening the work of VOSH Chapters within our own communities.  International trips are important, but happen 1-2x/year for a chapter.  What else can VOSH be doing?  With the challenges of healthcare, it is an unfortunate reality, that even in our own communities, people need help. Develop resource center for chapters:  Essilor Vision Foundation for lenses, frame donations, good Samaritan law to protect volunteer doctors, exam and wavier forms, sources for reading glasses, sunglasses, collaboration with SEE for local cataract surgery Continue to inspire optometry students to be involved with VOSH after their graduation.  There are many volunteer organizations, but VOSH is uniquely optometry.  It is the grassroots optometric volunteer organization.  Work to make VOSH clinic trips more recognized as valuable experiences for students, work with optometry schools and encourage students to participate. For international clinic trips, continue to make our work more meaningful by working within the continuum of sustainability.  Some ways to... read more

Better Vision Foundation Nepal Kathmandu, Nepal looking for a VOSH Team

Hello All, We are a recently established not for profit organization in Nepal. Our board members consist of optometrists and public health experts who have over 5 years experience in organizing and actively participating in various eye health charitable works. Better Vision Foundation Nepal was established to address the need of significantly reducing the common causes of avoidable blindness such as refractive errors in Nepal. This is the first organization led by a group of Optometrists targeting to reduce refractive error related blindness in adults and children. Our main focus is indigenous population, low-income adults, marginalized and disadvantaged population. Our next project is set to be in 2018 on Vision care to Chepang community, a highly marginalized and endangered population of Nepal. We can read more about Chepang people in this article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chepang_people We are looking for a VOSH team to join us in this humanitarian mission. Please contact at the following email addresses if you are interested and want to learn more: Official Email: bvfnepal@gmail.com Vice President for International Affairs: Dr. Nabin Paudel Email: paudel.nabin@gmail.com We look forward to welcoming you to Nepal and hope that you will join hands with us in this mission. Thank you so much. Nabin Paudel, PhD ... read more

VOSH-OH Mission to Patzcuaro, Mexico

VOSH-Ohio is sponsoring a mission into Patzcuaro, Mexico February 17 through 24, 2018. Clinics will be held in surrounding villages. Our host is Cuidades Hermanas Sister Cities de Patzcuaro, AC. Contact Brenda Kraus ... read more

VOSH-Virginia/ RAM Virginia Looking for volunteers in Buena Vista March 10 & 11, 2018

Dear Friends and Volunteers, We are looking forward to our fifth RAM Virginia clinic in Buena Vista March 10 & 11, 2018 We still need eye doctors and Opticians if you are available.   If you have already signed up thank you!  Please take a look at  our clinic schedule so far for 2018. Registration is open for RAM Virginia Buena Vista, Smyth and Emporia so far. If you can please sign up at volunteer.ramusa.org  ​ If you are volunteering for the Eyecare team please let me know as well so I know who will be ther    ​Vickiweiss@ramusa.org​ I am grateful for your help. Gratefully, Vicki ​​ Dr. Victoria Molnar Weiss, F.V.A.O. Optometrist President of the Board of Directors for RAM (Remote Area Medical) Virginia Vice President VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) –Virginia RAM (Remote Area Medical) Board of... read more

Quechua Benefit, Peru seeking a VOSH team

Quechua Benefit (an Alpaca nonprofit, that has been providing schooling, medical, dental and eye care in Peru’s the Valley of the Condor, and in the highlands, on a regular basis for many years.  We would like to request that you might consider Chasa Chapi, a school in Chivay (Valley of the Condor) to do your 2018 spring mission trip. Please let me know, what information we could provide to you to help you in your planning processes.We are more than happy to meet with you, or your group. Sincerely, Ruthie Gohl  RN MSN ruthiegohl@gmail.comCell... read more

OD’S IN GEORGIA NEEDED FOR SCHOOL SCREENING.

 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... read more

RAM Domestic EyeCare Team Looking for Volunteers

Remote Area Medical is hosting our 900th RAM Clinic – January 31-February 4, 2018 at the following address: RAM Clinic #900, Chilhowee Park’s Jacob Building, 3301 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914  We are looking for optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, and other vision professionals to join us for one day, or all 5 days to enjoy serving those in need of vision care. Glasses will be made onsite in our mobile lab – we anticipate large crowds & would love to have VOSH professionals join us! Contact Mary Brown Email:... read more