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, BCS, Mexico – FULL
April 13 – 17, 2017
Trip Leader: Deborah Wright

 

 

Past VOSH California Clinics

Spring Break week 2016 – Mexico

Loreto and La Purisima
Southern Baja California Mexico

Dr, Kageyama, Dr. Thu Nguyen, Dr. Ping Ye
3rd year Western University Optometry students:
Katherine Ha and Malia Sato
2nd year Berkeley School of Optometry students:
Kevin Wu and Valerie  Tran
UCLA Undergrad student Andrew Kageyama
High School student Stephen Zhu
Trip Leader: Deborah Wright

We had a 3-day clinic in Loreto with our first host team then we were picked up
by our second team and we drove for 5-hours deep into mountains to the town of La Purisima.

Our Loreto Group

Our Loreto Group

Our La Purisima Group

Our La Purisima Group

Total exams provided = 700
Customer glasses made = 220
Cataract referrals = 30

Read this Blog Eye_Experience by Kevin Wu on our experience in Mexico.

 

Thanksgiving week 2015 – El Salvador

Greg Pearl OD, Heather Culp, Kirra Denton, Bryce Krehbiel, Ellen Sanders, Mandy Longoria, Paola Salazar Carolyn Carleton, Cassie Lux, John Orr, Kendon Seamons, Lisa Switzer, Brett Christensen, Stacy Hamlet OD

Greg Pearl OD, Heather Culp, Kirra Denton, Bryce Krehbiel, Ellen Sanders, Mandy Longoria, Paola Salazar Carolyn Carleton, Cassie Lux, John Orr, Kendon Seamons, Lisa Switzer, Brett Christensen, Stacy Hamlet OD

Joining together with Fudem clinic members with Dr Ricardo above on the right, to travel to NW area of El Salvador to provide vision care in following villages:

Joining together with Fudem clinic members with Dr Ricardo above on the right, to travel to NW area of El Salvador to provide vision care in following villages:

Day 1: Nueva Concepcion Day 2: La Palma Day 3: Chalatenango
805 patients 748 patients 793 patients
468 glasses 505 glasses 522 glasses
Day 4: Agua Caliente Day 5: El Coyolito
483 patients 310 patients
318 glasses 185 glasses