Many high school and college students contact VOSH to ask how to get involved with optometry before they actually attend optometry school. While VOSH does not have a program specific to pre-optometry, we can offer this advice:

  1. Join or start a pre-med club or pre-health professional club that meets regularly. Ask a faculty member from your school to supervise. Here are some activities or programs you might consider: Tour an local optometrist’s office, arrange a guest optometrist to come talk to your club, collect gently used sunglasses to donate to a VOSH trip-especially kid’s sunglasses (donate to your local VOSH chapter).
  2. Go on an international VOSH trip or participate in a domestic eye care outreach! You do not need to be an OD. We have a lot of significant and meaningful work for lay volunteers on a VOSH trip. Contact the trip coordinator:
  3. Get involved with domestic humanitarian efforts through Remote Area Medical  or California Care Force
  4. Contact and collaborate with a a VOSH Student Chapter in your area:
  5. Check out and Like VOSH/International’s Facebook page to get all the latest news on humanitarian eye care:
  6. Check out and Like Optometry Giving Sight’s Student Facebook page:  
  7. Participate in Optometry Giving Sight’s World Sight Day challenge:
  8. Contact the American Optometric Student Association. They have a lot of useful information on their website: