A longtime VSP Vision Care client, California’s Valued Trust, reached out to their VSP sales representatives about a community in need of eye care. In areas of the South Monterey County Joint Union High School District, where King City and Greenfield High Schools are located, more than 20% of the population lacks insurance. Many adults and children go without needed medical care, including vision correction.
In response, the VSP Mobile Eyes clinic and five VSP providers spent two days providing free eye exams and new glasses for 57 area students and one unexpected patient.
During the event, a father of one of the students also stopped by the mobile clinic to see if he would be able to qualify for an eye exam. He didn’t own prescription glasses and had been dealing with vision issues so severe that they caused him to stumble while walking on board the VSP Mobile Eyes clinic. During the eye exam, VSP provider Dr. Rubert Chowins not only prescribed glasses, but also diagnosed signs of glaucoma in the one eye. Every person on the clinic watched as he put his new glasses on and smiled. For the first time in years, he was able to read again! He was also referred for follow-up medical care to treat his glaucoma.
VSP employee and volunteer Ana C. said, “It was an unforgettable moment watching someone rediscover what it’s like to see clearly, something many of us take for granted every day.”