VSP Mobile Eyes Program Q3 Outreach Impact Remains Strong
October 30, 2009
Over 3,400 low-income, uninsured served nationwide by 105 VSP Doctors
Rancho Cordova, Calif., October 30, 2009 – In the third quarter of 2009, the VSP® Mobile Eyes® program, in partnership with 105 VSP network doctors, provided outreach to over 3,400 low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals and families nationwide, bringing the total number for the year to over 9,500.
VSP’s two mobile clinics traveled to 34 locations, including providing eye exams to infants for two weeks in Louisiana with InfantSEE®, a program created by Optometry’s Charity™ – the AOA Foundation, and a three day event in South Carolina with the support of Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC). Over 350 VSP eye doctors have volunteered their time to work onboard the mobile eyecare clinics since inception of the program.
“Through the VSP Mobile Eyes program, we have had the opportunity to impact close to 10,000 pairs of eyes so far this year that would have otherwise gone unexamined,” said Connie Vavricek, VSP Mobile Clinics Manager. “VSP remains strongly committed to increasing access to quality eyecare for all U.S. citizens, including the uninsured and underinsured.”
The VSP Mobile Eyes program now provides patients new, donated frames from Marchon® Eyewear.
The VSP Mobile Eyes program began as an extension of relief efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The program, which allows VSP to respond to disasters immediately, includes two mobile eyecare clinics and 10 sets of portable ophthalmic equipment. Both clinics feature two state of the art comprehensive eye exam rooms and a full dispensary to provide exams and materials to people in need. Follow the activities of the mobile clinics on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeeZar
About VSP Global
VSP GlobalSM is composed of a complementary group of leading companies, all working together to meet and exceed today’s eyecare professionals’ business needs. The companies include VSP® Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States; Marchon® and Altair®, cutting-edge manufacturers, designers, and distributors of quality fashion and technologically advanced sunwear and eyewear; Eye Designs, a leader in the design of custom interiors and merchandising systems for the optical industry; Eyefinity®OfficeMate®, innovative e-commerce and practice management solutions, and electronic medical records software; and VSP Optics Group, offering ophthalmic products and providing technologically advanced lab services. VSP Global, combining the strength and expertise of each of these companies, offers a choice of integrated eyecare and eyewear programs and services that enhance eyecare professionals’ ability to deliver the best patient experience and build a thriving business.
Since 1997, VSP has provided more than 553,000 low-income, uninsured children with free eyecare. Through relationships including those with the American Diabetes Association and Prevent Blindness America, VSP promotes the importance of annual eye exams for maintaining eye health and overall wellness.