Navigation Links
VSP's Sight for Students Program Helps 500,000th Child
Date:3/9/2009

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, VSP(R)'s charitable Sight for Students(R) program announced it helped the 500,000th child since its inception in 1997. The program has funded almost $100 million in free eyecare and eyewear for low-income, uninsured and underinsured children.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090309/SF80394)

Sight for Students started as part of VSP's commitment to America's Promise Alliance, the nation's largest partnership network working to improve the lives of America's young people founded by General Colin Powell in 1997. VSP's Sight for Students program offers qualified families with vouchers to visit one of their 25,000 network doctors who provide comprehensive eye exams, identify vision issues and prescribe glasses during their visit.

"This is a significant milestone for us because investing in the community is at the heart of VSP's mission as a company," said VSP President and CEO Rob Lynch. "More than 94 percent of the children who have these exams need and receive free prescription glasses. This underscores the important role that Sight for Students serves for children who lack access to eyecare."

According to a recent nationwide study, more than 76 percent of American children under the age of five have never received a comprehensive eye exam and one in four kids in every classroom has vision problems.

"My son began struggling in Kindergarten and complaining of headaches to the school nurse," said Raul Alfaro's father of Fort Wayne, Ind. "His eyesight began affecting his performance in the classroom, and my wife and I knew we had to do something about it despite the financial hardships we were experiencing at the time. We signed-up for VSP's Sight for Students program and had Raul's eyes examined. Shortly after his exam, Raul picked out a new pair of glasses and moved to the head of his class."

VSP works with non-profit community organizations to deliver Sight for Students eyecare including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Communities in Schools, Head Start, National Association of School Nurses, and Prevent Blindness America. "Sight for Students exemplifies the kind of impactful work that our 275 Alliance partners engage in everyday to improve the lives of children and youth in this country," said Marguerite W. Kondracke, president and CEO, America's Promise Alliance. "The Alliance is proud that this great program was born from a commitment made to us and we congratulate VSP on this tremendous milestone because we know that the health of our young people is an essential ingredient for their overall success."

In 2008, VSP's Charitable Programs provided 171,420 vouchers for Sight for Students, Mobile Clinic Exams/Vouchers, and American Red Cross vouchers. More than half of VSP's charitable efforts support the Sight for Students program.

For more information about Sight for Students, including Spanish translated materials, please visit www.vsp.com/community.

About the VSP Family of Companies

VSP(R)'s family of companies includes the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States with 55 million members; VSP Labs, industry leaders in new technologies, production processes, service and logistics; Marchon(R) Eyewear Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers, designers and distributors of quality fashion and technologically-advanced eyewear and sunwear, distributing its products to more than 100,000 customer locations in more than 100 countries; Eyefinity(R)/Officemate(R) which offer innovative solutions and the premier management software and technology to improve overall practice management and the patient experience.


'/>"/>
SOURCE VSP
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Say Goodbye to Unsightly Bruises and Skin Discolorations with Bruise Relief(TM)
2. United Spinal Association Report Reveals the Importance of Studying Multiple Sclerosis in Children: Developing New Insights into MS in Adults
3. Recovery Audit Contractor HealthDataInsights Licenses Milliman Care Guidelines(R)
4. Carcinoid Cancer Foundation Sets Sights on Raising Awareness
5. Medicsight PLC Provides Business Update
6. Scientists Gain Insight Into Blood Cancers Progression
7. Medicsight PLC Restructures Management Team
8. ORBIS and FedEx Launch Sight-Saving Programs to Combat Avoidable Blindness in Latin America & the Caribbean
9. MGT Capital Investments, Inc.: Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule Based on a Lack of Shareholder Meeting in 2008 and Medicsight Statement Regarding CMS Proposed Decision
10. Risk-Management Policies Needed Now in Nanotechnology, Insighter Piece Concludes; FDLI Sponsors Nanotechnology Meeting, Publishes Book on FDA-Regulated Products
11. New insights into growth factors role in brain development
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community ... is poised to once again host, Swirl, A Wine Tasting Event at the ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... In ... across the country gathered at the La Valencia Hotel in San Diego, California ... Chicago was named the year’s most outstanding franchise, walking away with the coveted ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... York, New York (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... gym use and find themselves having to wait longer to access the treadmills. It’s ... their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get in shape by joining gyms, ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Boar’s Head Brand®, one of the nation’s leading providers of ... Take the stress out of your party preparation – follow these easy, yet delicious ... of the game. , “The key to hosting a successful game-day party is creating ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... At its annual meeting held ... as Chairman of the National Board of Directors. Mr. McDermott succeeds former APDA Chairman, ... stated Leslie A. Chambers , APDA President and CEO. “Pat has tirelessly served ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016 Wegener Polyangiitis - Pipeline Review, ... ,Wegener Polyangiitis - Pipeline Review, H2 2015, provides ... This report provides comprehensive information on the ... analysis at various stages, therapeutics assessment by drug ... (RoA) and molecule type, along with latest updates, ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 4, 2016 Frontier Pharma: Chronic Obstructive ... Innovation Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ... inflammation of the airways and lungs. Persistent breathing ... the disease one of the leading causes of ... the world. COPD is linked to cumulative exposure ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016 In response to the opioid abuse epidemic, ... for Medical Products and Tobacco, along with other FDA leaders, ... approach to opioid medications. The plan will focus on policies ... pain access to effective relief. --> ... Re-examine the risk-benefit paradigm for opioids and ensure that the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: