A friend of mine recently returned to Australia from Nicaragua. I saw his pictures on Facebook (the wonders of social networking for business) and I was amazed at his images! There were photos of the beautiful Nicaragua landscape. I was struck however when I noticed that there were pictures of him giving eye check ups to some of the local Nicaragua people.
Volunteer Optometrists in Developing Countries
I asked him what he was doing there in Nicaragua. He explained to me that he had been volunteering with VOSH – the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. Last year he had been with VOSH and had visited Mexico to administer eye services there.
His actions to contribute to people with the resources he has really inspired me.
I want to plug the organization because personally I think they help to give meaning to what optometrists can actually do in the world. It’s certainly impacted my friend who has volunteered with them more than once!
As an organization which gives vision to those without sight, I like VOSH’s Vision 2020 to bring about the right to sight:
“The primary mission of VOSH/International is to facilitate the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care. In Dec 2001 we partnered with the World Health Organization and pledged to eliminate preventable blindness by the year 2020.”
Find More Meaning in Your FIeld of Eye Care
If you’re an optometrist or opthamologist or in the medical field dealing with the eyes, I would encourage you to check them out. I think volunteering with them could give real meaning to the work that you do, because you can impact the lives of those in developing countries for people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to receive eye care.
My Personal Experience with “Blindness”
I’ve been rather “blind” myself ever since I was a young kid. I’m short sighted and you’ll often see me wearing either glasses or contact lenses. I guess it’s a genetic thing from my parents, and I’ve learned to make the most of the eyesight I’ve got. With the corrective eye lenses that I use, I can see the world clearly. Without them, I see a blur of color. That’s why I am so thankful for my own eyesight.
If you have the gift of giving eyesight to the blind, like my friend does, give VOSH a shot this year. Go to their website today and share this through your social networking for business.
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