S-VOSH NECO, the student VOSH chapter at the New England College of Optometry, is dedicated to providing vision care to those without the resources both locally and abroad. We work with VOSH-International and their partnership with the World Health Organization in the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate preventable blindness by the year 2020. As a nonprofit organization of students, optometrists, faculty members and supporters, S-VOSH NECO is dedicated to preserving human sight and educating the general public about the profession of optometry and the importance of regular ocular examinations.
Approximately 670 million people worldwide are functionally blind or visually impaired because they do not have a pair of eyeglasses.
The lack of vision translates to failing at school, jobs, health and personal lives. Those who cannot see are too often mired in poverty.
We travel annually to a developing country to provide free quality vision care services through short-term clinics to those who need it. We also work to develop sustainable programs and local optometric capacity in the developing world in order to help local communities continue to provide quality vision care.
Our goal is to eradicate untreated refractive error–that is– to help people see again by correcting their vision with glasses. And once they can see, they can improve the quality of their lives and their own vision for a future for generations to come.
We are volunteers. That means that the students and doctors who come on a clinic trip take time away from their jobs and families, pay their own expenses, including airfare and lodging, as well as other expenses. It is what makes VOSH VOSH! We are proud of that.