Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity
VOSH International is a national organization aimed at helping people who do not have access to eye care.
Since 2015, Indiana University School of Optometry's student VOSH chapter (IUSO-VOSH) has travelled to Frome, Jamaica to provide care to elementary school students, workers in the hospitality industry, and other members of the community. Prior to that, IUSO-VOSH traveled to Guanajuato, Mexico, where for 25 years they provided care to approximately 3000 patients annually, while also dispensing 1500 pair of glasses. As part of that 25-year legacy, IUSO helped build a clinic in Silao that still tends to the needs of the local populace.
IUSO-VOSH is open to all IUSO optometry and vision science students. Members are encouraged to participate in local outreach efforts and fundraising throughout the year.
Annual Outreach Program in Jamaica
Starting in 2015, a group of 30 IUSO-VOSH members, IUSO faculty, and committed non-IUSO optometrists travel annually to Frome, Jamaica, where they provide care to approximately 1,000 patients during the week they are on the island. One team works with the See Better Learn Better program to provide dilated eye examinations and appropriate eyeglass prescriptions to elementary school children, while another group travels to local hotels to provide screenings and referrals to local workers in the hospitality industry. A third group works each day at the Mission of Sight clinic in Frome, seeing patients who are referred for the advanced diagnostic and therapeutic expertise that IUSO-VOSH clinicians provide.