Welcome to our website - Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity California Chapter

VOSH California is an organization whose members give their time and skill to deliver vision care to needy people throughout the world. Most of the emphasis has been on developing countries in Latin America where the need is so great.

Lifetime Achievement Award

VOSH International presented Greg_2015Dr. Greg Pearl with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Pearl is one of the founders of VOSH California. Since 1988 he has been an advocate for providing eye care to those in need throughout the world.  Besides conducting VOSH clinics to El Salvador each Thanksgiving week, he volunteers his time to the Saban Free Clinic in Los Angeles every Monday. His goal is to help provide sustainable eye care solutions in countries where the most need is.

Dr. Pearl helped to start the first Optometry school in Nicaragua. Also, the optometry school in Tijuana Mexico did not have any ophthalmic equipment or clinical rooms where the students could get hands-on training and practice. Dr. Pearl saw this need and helped to get the school what they needed. Dr. Pearl and his staff participate each year in the the program Optometry Give Sight. We are very proud of Dr. Pearl and his dedication to the under served population.

VOSH California Planned Trips

VOSH CA Clinics Planned for 2017

La Purisima and Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico – FULL
April 13 – 17, 2017
Trip Leader: Deborah Wright

Chiapas, Mexico
May 20 = 28, 2017 – FULL
Trip Leader: Dr. David Kageyama

Care Force website
Coachella, CA – March 31 – April 2, 2017
Sacramento – September 22-24,2017
Contact: Dr. Albert, OD:

El Salvador
The annual Thanksgiving VOSH clinic with Fudem November 19-26, 2017
Trip Leader: Dr. Greg Pearl, OD

 

Past VOSH California Clinics

Spring Break 2017 – Chiapas, Mexico
Week of May 20-28

During the last week of May, our VOSH group in coordination with Help Chiapas,  provided Optometric care to the indigenous people of Ignacio Allende, Tumbala in Chiapas Mexico. From the flight arrival into Villahermosa, the location was 6 hours away deep into the jungles of Chiapas. The 3 day clinic provided more than 415 eye exams to these descendants of the Mayan culture. The group was able to provide eye exams including glaucoma care, custom glasses, readers, sunglasses, as well as coordination with Ophthalmology for a retinal detachment, cataract surgeries, and continued glaucoma care.

Optometrists: David T. Kageyama, OD / Thu Nguyen, OD / Ping Ye, OD
2nd year students from SUNY:
Jason Gebran – SVOSH President
Nancy Liu / Phil Nguyen / Nicole Poon / Elizabeth Zhu /
Optometric Assistant:
Mayra Bonilla / Rosa Sanchez Sanchez
Development Director of Help Chiapas:
Alianna Hutchinson

Special thanks to Dr. Jorge Aranda Tello of Opticas Jarmar for all his help in coordinating our care with Ophthalmology as well with the lab for the custom eyewear.

Also a great big thank you to Alianna Hutchinson for making this amazing trip happen.

Total eye exams:  415

Eyewear provided: 277

Sunglasses: 66