In 2016, as part of our commitment to provide access to eye care and eyewear for a #MillionMore people in need, VSP Global and the U.S. Conference of Mayors teamed up to identify and reach out to communities across the country. After more than two years of traveling the U.S. and partnering with local mayors, more than 12,000 people in need across 15 cities gained access to no-cost eye care and eyewear from a VSP network eye doctor.
For many patients, it was their first eye exam in years; for some, it was their first eye exam ever. During the eye exams, eye doctors were able to detect signs of chronic health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as serious eye conditions, such as cataracts. And for so many, the prescription glasses they received offered new opportunities to work and go to school, or simply to accomplish daily tasks that had become difficult due to blurry vision.
At the first stop in Atlanta, we met Skye, a shy fifth-grader who had been borrowing glasses from family members to do her homework. She couldn’t believe the difference it made to have glasses prescribed just for her, exclaiming, “Everything’s so clear!”
While visiting the City of San Jose in 2018, Mayor Sam Liccardo (pictured above on the left) underscored the impact that being able to see has on a person’s life. “To be able to read, be educated, to drive a car, these are basic functions that are so critical in our community and they only become possible if we have access to good vision care.”
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