Thousands of people around the world have Dr. James Hess to thank for their ability to see clearly. For the past 18 years, Dr. Hess has traveled to third-world countries with the organization Volunteer Optometrists in Service to Humanity. The mission is to provide eye examinations, treatments, and corrective lenses to people who would normally not have access to an optometrist.
Dr. Hess devotion to this cause has inspired other doctors to join the effort. It has also resulted in a basement full of donated eye glasses --- roughly 250,000 glasses at last count.
Among the countries benefiting from Dr. Hess' efforts: Peru, Haiti, Jamaica, India, South Africa, Mexico, Colombia, and the Ukraine. Dr. Hess believes improving a person's physical condition will lead to positive changes in that person's community.
His motto: "Give to the world the best that you have and the best will come back to you."
*Dr Hess has designated $1100 to Volunteer Optometric in Service to Humanity