State Senator Joel Anderson worked with Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) and VSP Global’s Eyes of Hope mobile eye clinic last Thursday to provide a free vision screening and eyeglasses donated by VSP Global to low-income patients and people without insurance. The event was held at VIM’s San Diego County office in El Cajon.
VIM served many East County residents during the event; 21 patients were seen, nine of whom were able to have their glasses made on location at no cost. VIM made appointments based on need, insurance coverage, and income level. Due to the high demand for their important services, an additional 28 constituents were given vouchers by VSP Global to exchange for the same services from participating clinics in the area.
VSP Global provided the volunteer doctors as well as the state of the art vision facilities of the Eyes of Hope mobile eye clinic.
Anderson’s representatives were also on hand to ensure that his constituents had access to other services that his office provides. Anderson explained, “The people that donated their time and skills from VSP Global and Volunteers in Medicine have made an incredible impact on the lives of my constituents who would not have otherwise had access to these important eye care services.”
Many of the patients had not had their eyes checked in years. One such patient, Sabrina who wished not to share her last name, was ecstatic and surprised by the services provided. “I had a thorough examination, better than any that I’ve ever had in my whole entire life. […] The people were kind, considerate, caring, and [the doctor] actually listened to me,” Sabrina exclaimed.
Maureen Hartin, the CEO of VIM explained, “There’s a huge need for dental and eye [care] and so when this opportunity came along, we didn’t hesitate. Whatever we had to do to put it in place, we were willing to do that.”
VSP’s Mobile Clinic Operations Manager, Janet Vorwerck said, “I think that more elected officials should get involved in programs such as ours because if people can’t see, they can’t move forward in life. And that’s why having glasses is so important.”