In 2016, VSP Global celebrated the possibilities created by providing access to no-cost eye exams and glasses for 1 million people in need through Eyes of Hope. To mark this achievement, we committed to partnering with doctors of optometry to reach a #MillionMore adults and children in need by 2020.
Today, nearly two years ahead of schedule, we’ve already doubled the number of people in need who have gained access to eye care and eyewear! And, through Eyes of Hope, we’re committing to another #MillionMore—3 million in total—by 2020.
We’re grateful to everyone who has helped improve access for 2 million people in need and who will be joining us on the journey to 3 million by 2020.
“This is what we get into this profession for—to help people. Finding people in need and getting them access to care is an incredible opportunity,” shares Keith Smithson, OD. Dr. Smithson is one of more than 8,500 VSP network doctors who provide critical support for Eyes of Hope programs, whether it’s by volunteering on the mobile eye care clinics, caring for adults and children with gift certificates, or partnering to organize their own community outreach.
“Our mission centers on improving access to eye care. The Eyes of Hope mobile clinics and gift certificates are one of the ways we’re able to meet the immediate needs of an individual or community,” says Jeff Todd, President and CEO of Prevent Blindness. Charitable partners like Prevent Blindness and many others, including the American Red Cross, Lions Clubs International Foundation, National Association of School Nurses, and Optometry Giving Sight, as well as many public officials throughout the U.S., are essential to reaching those most in need.
“A senior patient at a recent mobile clinic event had never had an eye exam. When the doctor was going through the lenses, for the very first time in a long time, she could see. It was an amazing reaction!” Jeremie Walker is one of the hundreds of VSP Global employees who volunteer on the mobile eye care clinics every year or help to manage the frame and lens donations, process lab orders and services, and deliver customer service that keep Eyes of Hope programs running.
Visit globaleyesofhope.com to learn more about how we’re following through on our commitment for 2020.