Giving The Gift Of Sight

By Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO September 05, 2014

There are so many stories and so little time! This is certainly the case when trying to describe the importance of extending eye care services to those in need. Vision is so important and we can all be very proud of our charitable efforts in sharing the gift of sight.

I’ll relate just one story. A young boy came to our practice as a result of the Sight for Students gift certificate program for his very first eye exam. His history was one of joy and happiness until he began to struggle in first grade. He was falling behind his classmates and was pretty down on himself as a result. Sure enough, it turned out that he was +6.00 in both eyes and was unable to focus at near. A proper diagnosis, a sporty pair of glasses, and a tincture of time was all it took to put him back on the road to success…because of a charity program that provided him access and opportunity.

Eyes of Hope, a global charitable outreach platform of VSP Global, has a mission to take on the challenges involving access to eye care around the world. These programs continue to connect VSP network doctors with patients in need through initiatives such as the Sight for Students gift certificate program and VSP Mobile Eyes. In fact, through Eyes of Hope and relationships with partners such as the American Red Cross and Optometry Giving Sight, VSP Global has invested more than $167 million in reimbursements to doctors who provided eye care and eyewear for nearly 915,000 adults and children.

Thousands of VSP network providers across the nation are participating in the Eyes of Hope charitable outreach programs. Check out your new VSP Practice Report to see how you are making an impact in your community. The numbers can be found at

As I see it, there is no more rewarding experience than to extend much needed eye care services to those in need. In fact, the results can be transformational, not only for the patient but for the practice, as everyone is energized by the awesome impact. Vision is critical in our lives and it is a privilege to make a difference in our communities.

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