Dr. Fox’s Third Successful Mission Trip to Mexico!

| February 8, 2017

I spent the first week of February this year in Gomez Palacio, Mexico. Gomez is about 800 miles south of El Paso, Texas and the home of the Mexican beef industry. The goal for our team of 4 optometrists and 10 support volunteers was to provide vision care and eyeglasses to the poor people of this city.

Since 1971, Voluntary Optometric Service to Humanity ( VOSH) has been sponsoring missions to counties all over the world. This mission to Gomez celebrated its 40th year and is one of the longest continuous missions of its kind. The VOSH of South Dakota was the primary sponsor of this trip.

The look on the face of a child seeing clearly for the first time is priceless. This year we helped about 1000 patients and distributed about 2000 pairs of eyeglasses. These eyeglasses are donated by people like you. I am sure you always wondered what happens to those old glasses you drop off at the doctors’ office when you get your new glasses. Well – now you know where they end up – on missions like this one.

The need for vision care cannot be underestimated. Uncorrected vision accounts for over 40% of the world’s vision impairment. In addition, corrected vision can improve worker productivity by 20%. For school children, uncorrected vision can result in learning problems and poor school performance.

We left Gomez tired, but happy with the work we accomplished. We made new friends and hope to return next year to help even more people see. If you want to help, please donate to vosh.org, or stop by and drop off some old glasses. Now you know how this helps.

Dr. Robert Fox

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