Vision Health International is a nonprofit organization bringing high-quality eye care to underserved communities around the world. We implement week-long field programs around the globe, bringing a team of volunteers on-site in underserved communities to deliver comprehensive eye exams and, when needed, adult and pediatric eye surgeries. We also provide prescription eyeglasses and protective sunglasses to those in need.
We’re actively recruiting anesthesiologists to join us on service trips where we offer eye surgery to those who need it. If you volunteer with us, you’ll be working with professional ophthalmologists to deliver high-quality vision care. Anesthesiologists help with oculoplastic and strabismus surgery for adults and children. As Dr. Todd Kinnick, VHI board member and volunteer anesthesiologist puts it, “We’re able to provide life-changing eye care for people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it. For me, using my skills to help underserved communities is just the right thing to do. Every VHI trip I’ve been on has been extremely rewarding, both personally and professionally.”
Upcoming trip dates already scheduled are below:
- Honduras: October 12-20, 2020
- Honduras: March 21-29, 2020
- Guatemala: May 16-24, 2020
Learn more about our upcoming field programs!
Key to the success of our work are our partnerships with host communities. We schedule field programs only at the invitation of — and in collaboration with — local leaders, regional or national officials, or eye care medical professionals. We plan and implement service trips each year, for which we recruit dedicated vision care professionals and highly-qualified personnel to volunteer their time, in order to deliver high-quality vision care to the local community.
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1.3 billion people around the globe live with some form of vision impairment, 80% of which can be prevented or cured. Roughly 90% of vision-impaired people live in low- and middle-income countries, and those living with vision impairment are more likely to experience other disadvantages, like poverty and barriers to education and employment. We connect with other organizations, communities, and eye care providers to prevent and treat eye diseases and reverse vision impairment.