This past March, I had the opportunity to travel to Mexico and volunteer with VOSH Texas at the Guerrero Clinic. This is a Rotary clinic that provides eye, dental, and other medical care to indigent people in the state of Chihuahua and other regions of Mexico. They serve an interesting mix of patients including Mexican, Mennonite, and Tarahumara Indian populations, many of whom are bilaterally blind from cataracts. Over the course of a week, our team of 6 American O.D.’s and 1 ophthalmologist joined several Mexican surgeons to deliver cataract and refractive care to hundreds of underserved patients while the volunteer opticians worked alongside a Mennonite family that donates their time to run an on-site optical lab. The collaboration between Rotary clubs, VOSH Texas members and a host of other volunteers was inspiring to see. What an amazing group of dedicated and passionate folks! I’m honored to be joining them again next month for their fall clinic along with my friend, Dr. Vicki Weiss. GO VOSH Virginia!
-Dr. Vicky Graham, OD, VOSH-Virginia