Optometry students deliver eye care to 1,400 Panamanians

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Take a glance around your office or clinic and you’ll find colleagues who make the world better, even outside their work at UAB.

In May, student volunteers from the School of Optometry completed a service trip to Panama, making it the 40th consecutive year students from the Optometric Service to Humanity organization have provided much-needed eye care to under-served areas through a trip abroad.

  • Panama Volunteer   Stream
  • The UAB SVOSH trip team — including 11 students, three optometrists and two School of Optometry clinical staff — provided comprehensive eye exams to 500 Panamanian people in four days. The group also distributed more than 1,200 pairs of eyeglasses and made almost 80 referrals for a variety of ocular disease conditions.

The UAB Reporter wants to know how people in your unit volunteer — whether it’s at a local nonprofit or in a clinic across the world. Submit a publicity request with the details and send a group selfie to reporter@uab.edu for a chance to be featured in Behind the Scenes.