Students at Monarch School and their families received free
eye exams and glasses Aug. 19 thanks to the VSP Mobile Eye Clinic.
Of the 49 people who were examined, 43 were prescribed new
glasses and 32 received them the same day.
The eye clinic visit was part of a collaborative partnership
between VSP Vision Care, the San Diego County Optometric Society, and Monarch
School, which educates children in kindergarten through 12th grade who have
been impacted by homelessness.
Monarch School is a unique public-private partnership
between the San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community
Schools and the nonprofit Monarch School Project. The County Office provides
teachers and an accredited education, and the project supplements this program
through academic and enrichment programs including an after-school program,
expressive arts therapy, and counseling.
The mobile clinic is
part of VSP Vision Care’s Eyes of Hope
outreach, through which the company has spent nearly $167 million to provide
free eye care and eyewear to nearly 915,000 adults and children in need.