Let Me Introduce You To a Million More…
Lately, one million has been the number on everyone’s mind here at VSP Global. We announced reaching our first millionth milestone last month, and now have our eyes set on a new goal: providing access to eye care to one million more people in need by 2020. We’re going to reach the same number of people in five years as we did in nearly 10 years the first time around.
We’ve set this goal because the data tells us there’s still more work to be done. 46.5 million U.S. households are not covered by a vision plan and do not have employer access to vision insurance. Millions more are underinsured through limited private or public provider options. In fact, more than two billion people worldwide lack access to proper vision care, including many in the U.S. who are disadvantaged by income, distance or disaster.
To kick off our efforts, we’ve partnered with the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2016 to bring eye care to those in need by co-hosting multi-day events in 10 cities across the country. For each event, we are providing no-cost eye exams and glasses for qualifying adults and children in need through our traveling mobile clinics. Beyond 2016, we will work with the cities to create sustainable access to eye care services after the events wrap. We’re kicking off in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 15, and traveling to Louisville, Indianapolis, Columbus and other cities across the country soon after.
While the mobile clinics are able to meet the immediate needs in the communities we serve, it’s important to close the gap in access to care. For some, it might be growing partnerships with schools of optometry; for other cities, it could be donating ophthalmic equipment in health clinics. That’s what’s so exciting about this program: each city will have its own unique access to eye care.
I invite you to follow along our journey to reaching a #MillionMore at www.vspglobal.com/millionmore.