Earlier this year, VSP Global Eyes of Hope kicked off our commitment to help a million more people in need see by 2020 by partnering with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Over the last five months, we visited 10 cities across the U.S. with the VSP mobile eye care clinic, providing no-cost eye exams and glasses for adults and children in need.
Together, we’ve provided access to eye care and eyewear for 10,000 people—from young children to seniors—each with a unique story.
At the first stop in Atlanta, we met Skye, a shy fifth-grader who had been borrowing glasses from family members to do her homework. She couldn’t believe the difference it made to have glasses prescribed just for her, exclaiming, “Everything’s so clear!”
In Denver, we met Maria, whose son was doing better in school after getting new glasses onboard the VSP mobile clinic last year. She brought her son back to prepare him for a new year of school, and also stayed for her own eye exam.
And at the last stop in San Francisco, we met Mounir (pictured below at bottom right), whose glasses were broken when he was robbed while waiting for a taxi in the Tenderloin. He’s worn glasses since he was a teen and said his new glasses were a “lifesaver.”
Dr. Stuart Tasman, one of the VSP doctors who volunteered in Atlanta, shared, “I was amazed at how many people needed a pair of glasses and couldn’t afford to go to a doctor.” He went on to say that patients he saw “couldn’t see to be able to get from point A to B, they couldn’t drive a car, they couldn’t do their work, and with these glasses they’re going to do fabulous!”
The clinic made stops in Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY; New Orleans, LA; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; and San Francisco, CA. Here are a few photos from our journey to helping a #MillionMore by 2020.
Pictured clockwise from top: Dr. Benjamin Sturdy, a VSP doctor, with a Denver patient; San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and VSP Vision Care President Kate Renwick-Espinosa; San Francisco patient Mounir; VSP Mobile Eyes clinic in Denver; Atlanta patient Denise; and VSP Global team member Monique F. helping a patient