2012 VSP Eye on Diabetes campaign helps more than 900 people in need

VSP optometrist Thomas Malone, OD, examines a Mississippi resident in need
Residents in four states receive free eye exams, glasses and health risk assessments this year
 
Rancho Cordova, Calif., July 25, 2012 – The VSP® Eye on Diabetes campaign recently completed its third year of providing low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents across America with free health services, including comprehensive eye exams and health risk assessments for diabetes and high blood pressure. In 2012, the campaign visited Biloxi, MS, Columbus, OH, Sacramento, CA, Torrance, CA, Pittsburgh, PA and York, PA. Each of those states have among the highest totals in the United States for overall diabetes prevalence.
 
Since the campaign’s inception in 2010, more than 4,000 people have been helped in twelve states. More than 50 VSP network doctors and optometry students who have participated in the campaign have identified both serious eye and general health-related conditions in patients. Additionally, more than 200 people have been referred to a medical professional for additional treatment.
 
“VSP has a long standing commitment to giving back to the community and educating consumers about the critical role eye health plays in your overall health,” said Connie Vavricek, director of industry outreach at VSP. “The VSP Eye on Diabetes campaign is a call to consumers to take responsibility for their health through greater knowledge and understanding, along with incorporating positive preventative care behaviors, such as annual eye exams, into their lives.”
 
Local VSP network doctors volunteered their time to provide the free health services. The campaign utilizes the VSP Mobile Eyes® program and partners with state optometric associations and diabetes associations. Patients who have or are at risk for diabetes are examined onboard a VSP Mobile Eye Clinic outfitted with state-of-the-art exam rooms, frame dispensaries and a finishing lab.
 
“The eye is the only organ we can look inside and see the blood supply and nerve supply, so therefore we can detect a lot of systemic problems,” said VSP optometrist Dennis Delp, OD, who examined patients during the most recent campaign event in his hometown of York. “What this campaign has done for the York community has shown them that we care.”
 
An additional component of the campaign is a free continuing education course approved by the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) offered in each city for all licensed optometrists. The course provides doctors with the most recent information and tools for them to continue providing quality care for their patients who have or are at-risk for diabetes.
 
For more information about the campaign, visit vspglobal.com and select VSP Global Outreach.
 
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About VSP Global
VSP GlobalSM includes VSP Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States with 57 million members; Marchon® Eyewear Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers, designers and distributors of quality fashion and technologically-advanced eyewear and sunwear; Eyefinity®/Officemate® which offer innovative solutions and the premier management software and technology to improve overall practice management and patient experience; VSP Optics Group, industry leaders in new technologies, production processes, service and logistics.  

To date, through VSP community outreach programs such as VSP Mobile Eyes® and Sight for Students®, and through relationships including those with the American Red Cross and Prevent Blindness America, VSP has invested more than $147 million in free eyecare and eyewear for more than 775,000 adults and children in need throughout the United States.

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VSP optometrist Karena Strain, OD, examines a Pennsylvania resident

VSP optometrist Karena Strain, OD, examines a Pennsylvania resident

VSP optometrists Thomas Wing, OD, and Helen Kwong, OD, with a California veteran and VSP representatives

VSP optometrists Thomas Wing, OD, and Helen Kwong, OD, with a California veteran and VSP representatives

A young patient in Columbus, OH expresses her gratitude to VSP Mobile Eyes manager Kim Rankin

A young patient in Columbus, OH expresses her gratitude to VSP Mobile Eyes manager Kim Rankin

VSP optometrist Thomas Malone, OD, examines a Mississippi resident in need

VSP optometrist Thomas Malone, OD, examines a Mississippi resident in need

An Ohio resident is pretested by an Ohio State University pre-optometry student

An Ohio resident is pretested by an Ohio State University pre-optometry student

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