Nearly 150 students in the Denver area will see better to start the school year thanks to a partnership with VSP Global and Von Miller’s foundation, Von’s Vision.
In August 2016, students from STRIVE Prep/SMART Academy in southwest Denver kicked off five days of outreach to people in need. For the students, having proper vision care helps them succeed in the classroom and on the field, like Denver Bronco Von Miller.
One mother, Maria Deleon, was back for a second year of this event after her son received glasses in 2015. Last year, Deleon noticed her son was having trouble in class, but couldn’t identify a problem. After he received an exam from the VSP Mobile Eye Clinic, new glasses helped him succeed in school. Deleon and her son were back this year for his annual eye exam to prepare him for the 2016 school year.
This year, VSP also teamed up with the city of Denver, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Health to extend the outreach to all Denver residents in-need for four additional days. From August 15 – 18, the mobile clinics parked at the Federico F. Pena Southwest Family Health Center to provide care.
“It’s a very worthy and wonderful mission,” said Deputy Mayor Don Mares. “This is more than just about glasses, it’s about eye health. (The checkups) do more than screen for vision — this is a health care effort.”
During the five days, nearly 1,400 adults and children in the Denver area received access to eye care and glasses at no cost.