2. Opthalmoscope
3. BIO
4. Hand held trial lenses
5. Desk charger for handles

Team Supplies:

1.Auto-refractor if handheld—Welsh Allen or Retinomax—charge all batteries prior to trip—take extra batteries1. salt pans (get salt on location) or hot air frame heating units
2. tonometer—need to check batteries—may need new ones that have full charge
3. lensometer—need to check batteries
4. extension cords (5)
5. large lamps w/clamps to hold to table
6. occluders (4-5)
7. bed pan for “salt pan” for sterno stove
8. foldable sterno stove/sterno (may not be able to travel w/ sterno due to new regulations of airline—check with them)
9. retinoscopy bars (6)
10. tonopen-usually brought by a Dr.
11. tonopen covers
12. alcohol wipes for hands, tonopen tip
13. small bottles of eyeglass cleaner (2-3)
14. dispensary kits (2)—screwdrivers, pliers, files, etc.
15. bag of misc items (fluorescein strips, Bengal strips, medical supplies, rubber gloves, sticky notes, baby powder for salt pan, eye patches, etc)
16. stapler, staples
17. tools and extra paper for A/R (screwdrivers, ect.)
18. handtowels for staff and dispensary (do not use softener when washing them)
19. pens, pencils
20. 3 x 5 cards for registration or exam forms
21. duct tape, nylon tape, string or thin rope
22. black plastic trash bags for trash and covering windows
23. different colored dots for coding registration cards for pathology, cataracts, glaucoma, other surgeries needed, etc.
24. eye charts (both tumbling “E” and Snellen for distance, reading cards with pictures–or can use newsprint of their country if patient is literate) –10-12 distance charts (need for dispensary, all Drs. lanes, vision screening area)
25. foam “tumbling E’s” to use for demonstration and for visual acuity screenings
26. utility knives (can’t carry on board plane)
27. trial lenses/frames if room in suitcase—if not, strap two together and use as carryon (usually take 6 sets)
28. laser pointers for visual acuity charts

Examining Equipment:

1. Readers (in all ranges)
2. Glasses (usually 12-13 boxes=4800 to 5200 for 5-6 examining)
3. Medications (include 1-2 bottles of mydriatic, 1-2 cycloplegic, 1-2 bottles
of anesthetic)
4. Sunglasses
5. Artificial Tears
5. Optional:
a. shirts for volunteers
b. gifts for local volunteers and hosts
c. phoropter and portable stand
d. computer, printer, paper and notebook listing the eyeglass inventory

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