Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity/International

An Non-Sectarian, Apolitical NGO on a

Mission to bring Vision to Every Person on the Planet

The Voice of Optometry in Developing Nations Since 1971

26th VOSH Annual Meeting 2018

October 12 – 14, 2018, Montreal, Canada

Theme: “United VOSH” 

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The VOSH Fellowship fosters the development of humanitarian leaders to meet the challenge of VISION 2020 and to prepares individuals who may be asked to consult with governmental agencies, educational, private, or public institutions, and the media on issues related to the mission and vision of VOSH/International.

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Years in the planning with VOSH/International as a major collaborating partner, 19 Optometry students begin the long sought journey to build critically needed eye care capacity in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Read this exciting news in the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI OGS) release below. Past V/I President Dr. Dave McPhillips and Dr. Halpren are there representing VOSH/International.

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VOSH-CT seeking suggestions for alternative mission sites for January 2019

VOSH-CT has been servicing the San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and surrounding areas since January 2002.  Given the current political situation in Nicaragua it is unknown at this time whether or not our mission that is currently scheduled for January 5-13, 2019 will be able to proceed.  We are currently seeking suggestions for alternative mission sites during that time frame of January 5-13, 2019 that can accommodate 8-10 ODs, 30-40 optometry students and approximately 20 additional support staff.  Please contact VOSH-CT at Audbl@aol.com or call... read more

June President’s Insight

June 2018 Development of Optometry Worldwide Living in a country where there is access to care, it is sometimes hard to remember that everyone does not have this advantage. An eye exam to correct refractive error and detect sight-threatening conditions seems easy to access, but it is not always possible. Around the world, so many do not have this advantage due to lack of eyecare providers or inability to access this care. Optometrist are well suited to help fill this vast need. The World Council of Optometry (WCO) created a document called “Why Optometry?” in response to the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment 2014-2019. This document can be found at https://worldcouncilofoptometry.info/why-optometry/. The WCO states: “Optometry answers these challenges by providing a range of diagnostic, technical and direct patient care and support services required by patients and other health care professions. It has increasingly focused on universal health coverage; providing accessible, equitable and affordable eye health services to all and shifting from a predominantly private sector orientation to a public sector one as well. Optometry functions in a primary care capacity in many developed countries and in developing countries at a secondary level as part of a multidisciplinary team including doctors and ophthalmologists.” In addition, as optometrists, it would be hard if we were unable to practice using all our skills and knowledge that we acquired in our training to help our patients. There are many organizations working hard to increase the level of optometry training worldwide. These organizations are also working with local government to recognize the profession of... read more

Tips for those doing eye exams in Spanish

V/I Board Member Dr. Michael Ciszek speaks fluent Spanish. Here is a language tip for anyone doing eye exams in Spanish:  Dr. Molly Martin, creator of the Medical Spanish Podcast, put together a series of audio lessons covering Spanish for basic eye care. You can find her Medical Spanish audio lessons at docmolly.com. To get the Spanish for Eye Care series for free, email her at molly@docmolly.com, and explain that you are a volunteer through VOSH. I highly recommend Dr. Martin’s podcasts. They have practical information and are short enough for us busy folk. She offers both medical Spanish podcasts and Spanish grammar podcasts. Both are excellent. You can also find her on…. Facebook: www.facebook.com/MedicalSpanishPodcast/ Twitter: mobile.twitter.com/MedSpanishPod Instagram: www.instagram.com/spanish_podcast/ LinkedIn:... read more

Dr. Ellis Potter awarded Honorary Degree from Southern College of Optometry

Dr. Ellis Potter awarded honorary degree for distinguished service, and delivered commencement address to Class of 2018 of Southern College of Optometry.  MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 29, 2018) – Dr. C. Ellis Potter, a 1967 graduate of Southern College of Optometry – where he earned his Doctor of Optometry degree – and a longtime optometrist in Iola, Kansas, recently delivered the commencement address at his alma mater and accepted the college’s Doctor of Ocular Sciences honorary degree.             “When considering commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients, we strive to select someone our graduates can be proud of as a representative of their profession,” said Dr. Lewis Reich, president of SCO. “Dr. Potter’s record speaks for itself. He has a long history of service, which we hope to instill in our graduates as they move on to serve communities across the United States and the world.”             Potter previously earned a number of awards for his global service initiatives. In 2017, he earned the American Academy of Optometry’s Brien Holden Humanitarian Award, which recognizes significant contributions to improve eye care within a country or region, particularly humanitarian efforts in the nonprofit sector that build or support the development of sustainable eye care systems in developing communities. He also earned the VOSH International Dr. Harry I. Zelter Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, which recognizes exemplary humanitarians who have provided a lifetime of service by improving visual welfare through leadership, dedication, invention, public health, developing sustainable eye care, and furthering the understanding and correction of refractive error.             In addition to his global service, Potter has served on numerous committees for the Kansas Optometric Association.... read more