I’ve been on numerous vision health trips, with numerous organizations, and my experiences with VHI are, by far and away, the most memorable and the most gratifying. I was able to examine my cataract patients prior to surgery as well as post-operatively. I was there for them in the OR. I was there when the shield and bandages were removed and I celebrated with them as they thanked me again and again for restoring their vision. I return from every VHI trip renewed and grateful for my experience.
—Alan Stern, MD, Farmington, Connecticut
As a person without professional medical training I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with VHI. I’ve seen, first hand, the life-renewing impact one pair of eyeglasses can have on a patient who’d lost not only his visual acuity, but also his livelihood and self-esteem. Life-changing moments for patients are not rare occurrences during VHI field programs. That I have been able to participate in these moments, in even a small way, has added meaning and joy to my life that I could not have imagined.
—Courtney Bourns, West Hartford, Connecticut
VHI has provided services in Latin America for over 30 years, and during that time I’ve developed lasting personal and professional friendships among the doctors and nurses we have worked with. By returning to the same community and hospital for several years, we’re also able to provide follow-up care for their patients, and that kind of continuity of care and personal attention sets VHI apart.
—Rick Whitten, MD, Fresno, California