If a country is to become self-sufficient in eye care services, it must have skilled staff to do the job.

That is why Vision Aid Overseas puts such emphasis on training for optometrists, nurses, ophthalmic clinical officers and technicians. Professionally qualified volunteers are providing teaching and training in our partner countries. Trainees also get the opportunity to work alongside volunteers on outreach programmes to get the vital experience they need to work with patients. 

Teaching and training

Vision Aid Overseas volunteers provide education and training tailored to the requirements of each partner country. This ranges from teaching clinical skills to student optometrists and refractionists to providing practical training for dispensing opticians and glaziers in how to manufacture glasses.


Sustainability is also central to all our education and training. For example, we ensure that the management skills required to run Vision Centres are a central part of our courses. On-going training is essential for developing eye care skills and we also identify trainers who can pass on their skills to others.