VSP Global and U.S. Conference of Mayors Partner on Free Vision Care Events for Third Year


RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global has partnered for the third consecutive year with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) to provide access to comprehensive eye exams and new glasses at no cost to individuals in need. Working together with VSP network doctors, the two organizations are teaming up for the third straight year to bring access to eyecare and eyewear to people like Green who need it the most. This year, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and VSP identified communities in three cities for the VSP Global Eyes of Hope mobile eyecare clinics to visit. San Jose, Calif., will be the first stop in mid-March, followed by Columbus, Ohio, in May, and finishing off with Chicago in June.

In 2016, after providing access to vision care for 1 million people through Eyes of Hope initiatives, VSP Global committed to helping a million more by 2020. The partnership with USCM helped launched that pursuit. Now, two and a half years in, VSP Global is close to reaching its goal, according to the VSP announcement.

“In each community, local VSP network doctors volunteer their time on our Eyes of Hope mobile clinics and improve the lives of the children, adults and seniors who receive a comprehensive eye exam and glasses—many for the first time in their lives,” VSP Global president and chief executive officer Michael Guyette said in the announcement. “We are proud to help bridge the gap in access to eyecare.”

More than 45 million households in the U.S. don’t have access to vision insurance, according to VSP. Healthy vision is essential to a child’s ability to learn and achieve their academic potential, as well as to play sports and other activities.

“Mayors have a deep understanding of their communities’ needs, especially when it comes to lack of access to vital health care services like vision care,” said Tom Cochran, chief executive officer and executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “This partnership with VSP, leveraging their vast local networks of doctors, has had an incredible impact in areas of our cities that need it the most, and helped us ensure thousands of our residents can live more fulfilling and productive lives.”

To hear more about the program from those affected by the partnership, including doctors, patients and the late Ed Lee, former mayor of San Francisco, visit the site on YouTube here