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VOSH CT Eye Clinic Mission

VOSH CT Eye Clinic Mission


By The Patricia Claeys Foundation

For nineteen consecutive years, San Juan del Sur has benefited from the Annual Optometry Mission that the VOSH Brigade (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) in partnership with the Patricia Claeys-San Juan del Sur Foundation put on at the beginning of each year. The mission is made up of 10 optometrists and also 40 optometry students from UC Berkeley University y State University of NY (SUNY).

“We started in 1999, with VOSH NECO and then in 2001 VOSH – Connecticut assumed the responsibility. Since then we have coordinated the mission with them. I remember that 19 years ago we attended to 500 patients from the municipality. As the years go by, the amount has increased. In 2017 we took care of 4 thousand and for this year we set ourselves the goal of attending to 5 thousand patients” said Dr. Rosa Elena Bello Norori, President of the Patricia Claeys Foundation.

Dr. Bello added that this year there are 63 local volunteers, including translators, aides, aides, paramedics and the organizing team (not including the organizers in each community that guarantee the convocation and the arrival of patients from the urban areas).

The purpose of this important mission of visual health is to benefit thousands of Nicaraguans; both from San Juan del Sur and other municipalities in the country with medical attention to sight, the delivery of glasses, medicines and sunglasses to protect them from the sun. The medical attention also detects various eye disorders such as cataracts, pterygium and glaucoma in patients and coordinates with MINSA (Ministry of Health) for follow up care at the Sandino Ophthalmological Hospital in Managua.

Likewise, a medical office was set up to care for hypertensive and diabetic patients who participated in the activity. Cases of urgency were remitted to the local health center.
The 4 days of consultations and medical attention was scheduled for Monday 8th to Thursday 11th of January 2018 and as of press time, they look like they will surpass the goal of 5 thousand people attended to.
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Once again the VOSH CT (Connecticut, USA) Eye Clinic will be here in San Juan del Sur in January. This mission has been here every year since 2002 (and 3 years before that under the auspices of VOSH-NECO, the New England Council of Optometrists).

The mission is managed by Optometrist Dr. Matthew Blondin and his wife; Clinic Director Audrey Blondin aka ‘La Jefa’ who are both from Torrington, Connecticut.

As well as the team of Mission Directors, the group is scheduled to bring in Optometrists, Opticians, Dispensary Assistants, Pre-Testing Assistants as well as many Volunteer Students from University Optometry programs. The team is supported locally with bi-lingual translators to assist with the examinations throughout the week and countless other volunteers provide help in the six clinics with refreshments, security and transport.

The clinic will be set up at Centro Escolar Enmanuel Mongalo y Rubio for four days: Monday 8th January to Thursday 11th 2018 and will take patients from 8 am – 1 pm and again from 2 pm – 5 pm for each of those 4 days. Adults and children are welcome to the VOSH CT Eye Clinic in San Juan del Sur and the services are on a first come, first served basis – no appointments.


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