Bernell … Serving Eyecare Professionals since 1954!

Offering unique and necessary solutions to assist you in treating your patients so that they may achieve their maximum visual potential. We offer over 2,000 ophthalmic products for vision testing and evaluation, as well as the largest selection of vision therapy, visual rehabilitation, and vision enhancement products in the world.  More information here

Bernell is kindly donating prizes for our Photo and Video contests.  Joe Villari, VP of Business Development of Bernell will be in attendance and looks forward to meeting you during the meeting.

PlenOptika designs and produces tools to help vision professionals perform their best care anywhere. Inspired to solve the global burden of poor vision, PlenOptika developed QuickSee™, the world’s most accurate handheld autorefractor. The company and device have been recognized in international health and technology competitions, including Beazley Designs of the Year, Essilor See Change, Silmo D’Or, and IAPB Eye Health Heroes. Vision professionals and NGOs have used QuickSee on over 2 million patients at least 25 countries to transform their lives with clear vision.  Visit the virtual booth of Plenoptika during the breaks at our Annual Meeting.  More information here

Everyone for Veterans (E4V) works through volunteer dentists around the US offering pro-bono dental care to qualifying low income veterans and their families.  Since its establishment, E4V has worked with almost 500 dentists from 30 US states providing needed dental care making a significant difference to these veterans’ lives. VOSH/International has started a collaboration with E4V to offer eye health care to qualifying returnee combat veterans and their families. Interested VOSH chapters can meet E4V founder and CEO, Dr Theresa Cheng during the breaks and find out more about the collaboration. More information here

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