Category: VSP in the Community

#WeSeeYouMom: Ali’s Story

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“My world stopped in that moment. We were walking the dogs, talking with excitement about putting together the nursery for our baby and suddenly he fell, unconscious, onto the pavement.” At 9 weeks pregnant Ali faced a new challenge – taking care of not only herself and her baby, but also her fiancé, Brandon, who Read More »

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#WeSeeYouMom: Lynda’s Story

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“The hardest thing about being a mom is knowing your kids are going to hurt. And when they hurt, there are going to be times when there is nothing you can do about it.” For Lynda Bettencourt, wife, teacher, and mother of two, the decision to treat her oldest son, who at the age of Read More »

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Happiness and Hope for Children in Puerto Rico

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One in four children on the island of Puerto Rico has a vision issue and one-third need some type of visual correction, like glasses. Patients at the San Jorge Children’s Hospital in Puerto Rico are also dealing with critical illness and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. As part of ongoing disaster relief efforts, VSP Global, Read More »

#WeSeeYouMom: Mother’s Day

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Moms are often the chief medical officers of their households and the first line of defense when it comes to their family’s health. They are on call 24 hours, through every stage of life, and most of it goes unacknowledged because they make it look so easy. To mothers of all kinds, thank you for doing Read More »


Optometry Students Share Why They Pursued A Career In Optometry

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Last year during a community outreach event in Chester Pennsylvania, we had the opportunity to chat with fourth-year optometry students about what inspired them to pursue a career in optometry. Some were inspired by the stories of their families and friends. Courtney Goode shared why she is passionate about helping those with low vision. “I Read More »

On the Road Again to Helping a #MillionMore

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This past week, VSP Global Eyes of Hope continued in its work to help a #MillionMore people in need see by 2020 by partnering with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Since 2016, 13 cities across the U.S. have been visited by the VSP mobile eye care clinic, providing no-cost eye exams and glasses for adults Read More »

Fayiz Mahgoub holding Dr. Poston Award in front of NOSA backdrop

Optometry Student Aims to Make a Difference Through Service

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Meet Fayiz Mahgoub, future optometrist and fourth-year optometry student at the Western University of Health and Sciences College of Optometry, and a 2017 recipient of VSP Global’s Dr. Marvin R. Poston Leadership Award. “My dream is to make a difference in the world through furthering the visual well-being of our society,” Mahgoub said. “My hope is Read More »

When Waters Rise: Dr. Brittney Probst’s Story

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“It’s definitely not something that just because the flood waters have receded, that this is anywhere near finished, by any means … there’s still a long road ahead.” — Dr. Brittney Probst Although the flood waters from Hurricane Harvey destroyed the optometry practice where Dr. Brittney Probst works, they haven’t destroyed her spirit or commitment to Read More »