The Camp Fire recently swept across northern California, creating the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The fire burned thousands of acres and countless structures, leaving many in Butte County with nothing to go back to.
For some, the escape from the fire was harrowing and there wasn’t any time to grab personal items or belongings.
“I lost my home in Magalia and my glasses were in the house,” said Sarah, Butte County resident. “I lost basically everything.”
Imagine trying to rebuild your life and figure out where to go next when you can’t see. Even filling out insurance forms can seem like a complicated task. Restoring eye sight becomes a vital part in the broader recovery journey for someone affected by a disaster.
In response, VSP Global activated its disaster response programs. These programs include supporting local VSP network eye doctors whose offices were impacted due to the disaster by deploying an Eyes of Hope mobile clinic. The clinic spent two weeks in Chico, CA, delivering no-cost eye care and replacement eyewear to nearly 400 people affected by the fire and providing gift certificates to another 470 people in the area.
VSP’s mobile eye care clinics are outfitted with a state-of-the-art exam room so that local network eye doctors can provide comprehensive eye care. Individuals can also pick out their new eyewear, and for most prescriptions, can walk away with their new glasses in 20-30 minutes.
In response to disasters across the U.S. this year, including floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and a volcanic eruption, VSP has provided access to eye care and replacement eyewear for more than 13,500 people and provided support for nine VSP network doctors’ practices that were affected.
Watch more of the disaster relief efforts following the Camp Fire: