Third year students in ICO-SVOSH (Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) balance studying for boards with service trips. In September, Brianna Burns, Cortney Dudley, Heidi Fenske, Melissa Ford, Ali Mainayar, Synthia Perez, Mallory Scrimger, and LeAnn Strzelecki teamed up with iCARE to serve residents in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It was the first time ICO-SVOSH worked with iCARE; given the trip’s success, they plan on collaborating again in the future. In total, the Jamaica mission provided 1,590 vision exams, 38 cataract surgeries, and many pairs of glasses. Over 130 sets of prescription lenses were ground on-site.
During the fall quarter break, Tracy Matchinski, OD ’95, took seven ICO students to Mexico City. Simran Brar, Priscilla Chang, Abigail Gonsalves, Katie Kwan, Colin Lee, Kate Thomas, and Katherine Tai worked with VOSH International, VOSH Illinois, and National Autonomous University of Mexico. The team saw 1,550 patients in 4 days, and patients left with an assortment of used prescription glasses, reading glasses, and sunglasses.
Finally, Julie Bhalla, Deepon Kar, Agnes Krol and Ravinder Randhawa teamed up with VOSH-Santa Cruz to provide eye care in Casmiero Castillo, Mexico during Thanksgiving break. The team saw 2,809 patients with a wide range of advanced ocular diseases such as toxoplasmosis, choroidal neovascularization, vitritis and nystagmus. The trips were all very successful and offered many resources to the communities served.