This past week, VSP Global Eyes of Hope continued in its work to help a #MillionMore people in need see by 2020 by partnering with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Since 2016, 13 cities across the U.S. have been visited by the VSP mobile eye care clinic, providing no-cost eye exams and glasses for adults and children in need thanks to the efforts of local VSP network doctors. San Jose, California, was the most recent stop, where more than 400 patients received access to the care they needed.
Through the partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, almost 100 VSP network doctors have volunteered their time to provide eye care to nearly 11,000 people. For many who received care in San Jose, and previous cities visited, it was the first time they had an eye exam in years.
For Jules, a San Jose resident, having an eye exam and receiving his glasses the same day (pictured below), meant he could return to one of his passions – reading books. Sporting his new pair of glasses, Jules exclaimed, “I love to read!”
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo underscored the impact that being able to see well 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,” said Mayor Liccardo. “And so that’s why I’m grateful for the important work of VSP and all of the volunteer doctors who participate in efforts like this one to ensure that more members of our communities can get access to basic vision care and open up an entire aspect of their lives that may have been completely shut off.”
In addition to San Jose, California, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and VSP Global identified Columbus, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois as the next stops for the mobile eye care clinics in 2018.
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