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Media Advisory

Media Contact:
Alex Sigua, (916) 769-4851 (cell), alex.sigua@vsp.com
Grace Nicolas, (408) 806-0481 (cell), grace.nicolas@vsp.com

 

Free eye exams available to local students and residents in need

 

What:               FREE comprehensive eye exams and glasses will be provided to local students and residents participating in the summer programs hosted by Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS). Eyecare will be provided through collaboration between SFBFS, Delta Lions Club and VSP Vision Care (VSP).VSP optometrists will be volunteering their time to provide eye exams in a fully-stocked, 40-foot-long mobile eyecare clinic on June 25 at SFBFS from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. This free event is also open to the public. All qualified attendees from the public can receive a free eye exam and glasses.

 

SFBFS is a local non-profit organization, serving families and individuals in need. Over time, SFBFS expanded to meet growing needs and now offers six diverse programs at three facilities in Sacramento.

 

The Delta Lions Club is an international non-profit organization that empowers volunteers to serve their communities.

 

When:              Tuesday, June 25, 2013                                 

9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Where:             Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

3333 Third Ave.

Sacramento, CA 95817                            
          

Why:                Eye exams are an important part of a person’s overall health routine at any age and can provide a means for the early detection and treatment of serious health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Some health conditions do not display symptoms until damage has already occurred, but an eye doctor can tell a lot about a patient’s overall health by viewing blood vessels in the eyes. 

 

To date, through community outreach programs such as VSP Mobile Eyes®, VSP has invested close to $155 million in free eyecare and eyewear for more than 825,000 adults and children in need throughout the United States.

 

Visuals:            Local students and residents receiving free eyecare on-board a fully stocked, state-of-the-art, 45-foot mobile eye exam clinic. Some students may be receiving crucial eyecare for the first time in their lives.

 

Interview Opportunities: Local students and residents in-need; Kelly Siefkin, SFBFS; local VSP optometrists Joanna Helmus and Tiffany Lu; Lori Fanning, VSP Mobile Clinics Operations Manager

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