Emergency Preparedness: Eye Care Edition

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Is your emergency preparedness plan up to date? Getting started is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Know the types of disasters most common to your area. Emergencies can range from the personal, such as house fires, to community-wide, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, or floods. Learn about the disasters most likely to strike where you live, and find the best sources of alerts, early warnings, and information.
  2. Build an emergency kit. Every kit should include the necessities, including food, water, and first aid. But don’t forget to include medical information, including your current eyewear prescription(s) and contact details for your doctors. Consider keeping an extra pair of glasses or a current supply of contacts in your kit too. Whether navigating damaged roads or filling out insurance paperwork, you’ll want to ensure you have the eyewear you rely on to see clearly.
  3. Develop your plan and keep your family informed. The American Red Cross, a longtime community partner of VSP Global Eyes of Hope, has informative and easy-to-use templates that you can customize for your family.

If disaster does strike, help is available if you’ve lost or damaged your eyewear.

  • If you’re a VSP member, contact VSP Member Services at 800.877.7195 to receive eye care at a local VSP doctor’s office, even if you’ve already used your benefits this year.
  • If you’re not (yet) a VSP member, contact your local American Red Cross chapter or shelter to qualify for a gift certificate that you can use at a local VSP doctor’s office to receive a no-cost eye exam and replacement glasses.

To date, through Eyes of Hope initiatives and our partnership with the American Red Cross, more than 100,000 adults and children have received no-cost eye care and eyewear following a disaster. When doctor’s offices have been damaged or destroyed, VSP Mobile Eyes clinics have also responded to help provide them with a place to practice during recovery.

Take action today to ensure you and your loved ones are ready for whatever spring brings!


In the photo above, Dr. Jarrett Johnson points to the waterline in her New Orleans eye care practice after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Watch her story.

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