While many ICO students spend their breaks getting well-deserved R&R, some go on mission trips. Around 25 generous ICO students traveled abroad this year to offer eye care to the less fortunate. Last summer break, Jessica Sathchakham ’18 and Jessica Chan ’18 went to Guatemala City with trip leader Alexandra Troy, OD ‘12. Optometry wasn’t the trip’s only goal. The ICO group joined other medical professionals and home-building volunteers. The students saw 576 patients in a week, and referred particularly complex cases to the optometry school in Guatemala City.
During the Fall quarter break week, students from the Class of 2018 traveled to Jalisco Tecalitlan, Mexico for a Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH) mission trip. These individuals were Victoria Sin, Megan Chee, Chris Corzo, Jenny Lau, Andrea Yee, Alicia Wong, Annie Mak, Ngoc Tran, and Vaki Nadarajah. The group was accompanied by optometry
students from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, as well as many other ODs. In just 8 days, the group saw over 3,500 patents with approximately 2,800 requiring glasses. The students were able to see advanced ocular diseases including glaucoma, severe cataracts, and AMD.
Another mission trip will happen during the May break week, when approximately 10 ICO students will travel with trip leader, Tracy Matchinski, OD ’95, to El Salvador.