The truth is, for some people, eye care is an expense they simply cannot afford. When faced with making difficult choices, the uninsured unemployed and homeless, as well as vulnerable veterans, seniors and children, often choose to go without. In an effort to meet this often-unseen demand, Mission Vision’s mobile clinics continue to provide free eye exams, glaucoma screenings and prescription glasses to some 2,000 people annually.
Contracted and volunteer licensed optometrists and opticians, and ophthalmic and optometric technicians staff the clinics. However, Mission Vision is always seeking to extend its reach by training additional eye care professionals and volunteers and partnering with eyeglass labs and vendors.
Mission Vision is also striving to reach beyond traditional borders. To that end, the group prepares and delivers thousands of donated eyeglasses to people throughout the world and trains hundreds of eye care professionals and mission volunteers to perform eye exams.
Mission Vision’s mobile clinics continue to provide free eye exams, glaucoma screenings and prescription glasses to some 2,000 people annually.
The impact of Mission Vision’s work is far-reaching and ongoing. It can be measured by a decrease in blindness and other eye-related disabilities, as well as an increase in academic performance and general quality of life. It is also empowering to people that we serve to educate the population on eye diseases and the importance of accessing routine eye care. It can be measured by a greater awareness on the part of legislators and insurance providers as to the critical need at-risk populations have for vision services and resources. Most importantly, making sure that the tax dollars and programs to assists individuals are being spent to deliver heir indeed purpose and helping remove access barriers so that those served can receive those benefits.