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.

Planned Trips

VOSH CA Clinics Planned for 2018

Tecate, Mexico –  Feb 17, March 17, April 21, May 19 and June 16.  Contact: Greg Pearl

El Porvenir, Baja California, Mexico – Jan 6th, need one more OD for the day.

Veteran’s Stand Down in Vista CA, Jan 25-28

Santa Rosalia, Baja California Mexico – Feb. 25 – March 4th. Need of students and ODs. Contact: Greg Pearl

Nicaragua – March 25 – April 1st, Need some ODs to help with Optometry students on this trip. Contact: Greg Pearl

Fiji – Feb 24 – March 4th 2018 , Contact:  John Larcabal
Fiji: Mission at Natuvu Creek. Cost: $2,500 and includes airfare, meals and housing.
Beautiful surrounding. Wonderful experience.

California CareForce Clinic in Indio CA, March 23-25. Contact: Greg Pearl

Nicaragua – May 27- June 3. Contact: Greg Pearl

Kenya – June. Contact:  John Larcabal

Peru – July, Contact:  John Larcabal

Israel – September, Contact:  John Larcabal

El Salvador – Nov 18-25: Greg Pearl

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