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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.

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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 hi
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