During VHI’s 26-year history, over 150 medical professionals—including ophthalmologists, optometrists, anesthesiologists, nurses, and scrub technicians—have volunteered on VHI field programs. Many of the organization’s earliest participants continue to volunteer today. We are also eager to meet professional and non-medical volunteers new to VHI.
In terms of personnel, supplies, and equipment, each VHI field program literally transports a vision clinic and an operating room to Latin America.
Our field program teams (usually between 20–25 people) consist of:
- 4–5 general and pediatric ophthalmologists, engaged principally in cataract, strabismus, and other oculoplastic procedures. Most recently, ophthalmologists have rotated out of the OR and have been part of VHI’s “roving” eyeglass teams, who travel to outlying communities and conduct a vision clinic and dispense prescription eyeglasses.
- 1–2 optometrists, who are in charge of VHI’s prescription eyeglass distribution program in each field location.
- 1–2 anesthesiologists.
- 8–10 nurses and scrub technicians
- Operating room
- Post-anesthesia recovery (PAR)
- 5–7 clinic personnel. The vision screening and eyeglass distribution centers offer rewarding opportunities for non-medical volunteers, including spouses and young adult children (over 16 years of age) of participating medical professionals.
For more detailed information on the requirements for field program participation, please contact us.