VOSH – Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity in Mazatlán

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From November 5 through 9, 2016, Nancy and I participated in another VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) mission… this time in Torres Mazatlán.

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VOSH’s goal is to provide vision care to people who can neither afford nor obtain such care in their local communities.

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This is my friend Erika. She interpreted for me in 2011 when we were here for another eyecare mission. And she was back again for another mission! Thanks Erika! (All those little boxes behind us are donated glasses we brought with us.)

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Above is our Seattle friend and co-worker Willow, doing intake screening.

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After various tests and eye exams, we identified what each patient needed to restore their vision as best as possible.

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Prescription in hand, they came to our room full of donated glasses (above), where staff located a matching pair…

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And fitted them with their new glasses!

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Which resulted in a lot of very big smiles.

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Our success would not have been possible without the volunteer help of the Torres Mazatlán staff. Our 5 day mission resulted in vision screenings for more than 2,287 patients, and the gift of 5,000 donated eye glasses.

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