“Not knowing what the future was going to bring was really scary.” – Dr. Jay Pravda
After leaving his house by boat and seeing his office under water in a drone video, VSP Network Doctor Jay Pravda, O.D., was unsure of what the future would hold. “It was just an awful feeling not knowing where we were going to live, what I was going to do, and how we were going to pay for everything,” he said, reflecting on his angst after the storm.
Year-long effort brings vision care, eyewear, clothing and fashion accessories to communities in need
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., June 25, 2018 /3BL Media/– A charitable collaboration, first developed through Hurricane Harvey outreach, is now taking formal shape in a year-long effort to provide access to comprehensive eye exams, prescription glasses, beauty and fashion items where they are needed most.
Outreach tour connects VSP network doctors and communities in need of eye exams and glasses in three cities
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., March 12, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Echo Green has worn glasses all her adult life, but she had not had an eye exam in 10 years. Today, she’s grateful for an updated prescription that includes bifocal lenses. “Your eyes are precious, they are the only ones you’re going to have so you have to take care of them the best you can,” said Green.
Company partnering with network doctors who will provide eye care to those in need
September 20, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Eye care and eyewear are not usually top of mind following a natural disaster, but rebuilding your life in the aftermath when you can’t see clearly can make it even more difficult. VSP Global is committed to providing access to care at all times, but in times of crisis, that focus is amplified. To help, VSP Global has committed up to five million dollars in relief efforts. This includes partnering with VSP network doctors whose businesses have been damaged to help them return to providing eye care and eyewear for community members in need.
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., March 30, 2017 /3BL Media/- San Francisco resident Mounir Ebdellaoi has depended on his glasses to see since age 14. Ebdellaoi lives in one of the city’s most distressed neighborhoods and was recently mugged and his eyewear was destroyed in the altercation. “You don’t know what it’s like not to see,” Ebdellaoi explained. “I could not function without glasses, psychologically even, not just crossing the street and all that, but you just don’t feel the same. You’ve got to be able to see.”
Slamson and VSP Vision Care President, Kate Renwick-Espinosa encourage the Sacramento community to donate their gently-used glasses at the annual Sacramento Kings Eyes of Hope Eyewear Donation Drive on Good Day Sacramento. VSP will be collecting gently-used eyewear at the Sacramento Kings game on Monday, March 14. For each pair of glasses donated, VSP will donate a comprehensive eye-exam and new glasses to someone in need!
While making general health care accessible to all has been a focal point for the most recent federal administration, bringing specialty health services like optometry to underserved communities has not been the priority.
Senator Andy Vidak, however, has made it his mission to help ensure those in the rural parts of California Senate District 14 have access to eye care.
More than 10,000 people received access to no-cost eye care and eyewear – VSP is quarter of the way to 2020 million more initiative
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., November 14, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and VSP Global announced today that more than 10,000 adults and children across the country have received access to no-cost eye care and eyewear at the culmination of their yearlong partnership to help people in need see.