Snapshot Interview: Dr. Emiliano Terán Bobadilla of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa

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This month we are talking to Dr. Emiliano Terán Bobadilla of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa

Dr. Terán is a faculty and scientific researcher of the Optometry Program and the Faculty of Physical-Mathematical Sciences of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa. He studied the Bachelor of Physics, the Master of Science in Physical Optics and the PhD in Physical Optics at the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education in Ensenada. He is a member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico. He is also a member of the World Council of Optometry, and a member of the Association for Research for Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) as well. He is former Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Latin American Association of Optometry and Optics (ALDOO), as well as a member of the Public Health Committee. He recently participates as a member of the Advisor Committee for Latin America of VOSH/International. He has published research articles on optometry and books related to the area. The last of them is about the effect of blue light on the circadian cycle, entitled “The Thief of Sleep”.

El Dr. Terán es catedrático e investigador científico del Programa de Optometría y de la Facultad de Ciencias Físico-Matemáticas de la Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa. Estudió la Licenciatura en Física, la Maestría en Ciencias en Óptica Física y el Doctorado en Ciencias en Óptica Física en el Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada. Es miembro del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores Nivel 1. Es miembro del Comité de Educación del World Council of Optometry. Así como fue Coordinador del Comité de Educación de Asociación Latinoamericana de Optometría y Óptica (ALDOO), además miembro del Comité de Salud Publica. Asimismo es miembro de la Association for Research for Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Recientemente participa como asesor para América Latina de VOSH/International. Ha publicado artículos de investigación en optometría y libros relacionados con el área. El último de ellos aborda el efecto de la luz azul en el ciclo circadiano, intitulado “El ladrón del sueño”.

Listen to Dr. Terán speak about Optometry and VOSH's work in Mexico (click on photo)

Listen to Dr. Terán speak about Optometry and VOSH's work in Mexico (click on photo)

We can see the great effort that VOSH/International has made to support the development of optometry not only in Mexico but throughout the Latin America region

“Podemos ver la gran esfuerzo que hace VOSH/International por promover el desarrollo de la optometría no solo en México sino en todo la región latinoamericana.”

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Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

VOSH/International recently consulted its US and International Chapters about the feasibility and timing to restart our humanitarian clinics. While the vaccination process continues with different levels of success depending on availability and acceptance, it is evident that vaccine inequity and the availability and reliability of data in several countries are issues we need to consider.

Even if already vaccinated and boosted, our chapters are still concerned about the wellbeing of our volunteers and patients.  Some chapters, are organizing clinics locally where they are better able to comply with the existing safety requirements and respective state/country regulations.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its variants are being experienced quite differently depending on state, region, country, vaccine availability, vaccine acceptance, and the spread of SARS-COV-2 variants. Most VOSH chapters are not holding clinics or traveling internationally in 2021 or 2022.

If a VOSH Chapter choses to hold a clinic or travel internationally, we highly recommend that the chapter performs due diligence to comply fully with the requirements established by the visited country, ensures all VOSH volunteers are aware of and follow strict safety guidelines and all existing protocols and regulations of the country, and keeps the principle of “do no harm” embedded in all its decision making. As always, the wellbeing and 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. VOSH chapters in specific countries are using protocols that need to be considered as well. You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here.

*VOSH/International is formed by autonomous US and international chapters that are fully and only responsible for their activities, fundraising and decision-making.  VOSH/International can only provide recommendations based on our best knowledge and information at the time.

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organization:


US Government Travel Advise:

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

Michael Ciszek, OD, dipl ABO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

December 2021