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Mobile Eye Care Clinic Rolling Through West Michigan Next Week

People in need of a no-cost eye exam or prescription glasses will have two chances to connect with a mobile eye care clinic when it makes stops in two West Michigan communities this August.

VSP Global Eyes of Hope mobile eye care clinics connect people in need with a local VSP network doctor in their community. Each clinic is outfitted with an eye exam room and portable exam equipment to provide comprehensive eye exams, an eyewear dispensary stocked with popular frame brands and an optical finishing lab.

The mobile clinic will make two stops in West Michigan:

Aug. 15 | Muskegon Heights

  • Date: Thursday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: Connection Hall, 2401 8th, Muskegon Heights
  • Event details: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is partnering with VSP to bring this event to Muskegon, along with the Muskegon County Health Project and Men and Women of Character. No-cost eye exams and glasses will be available to eligible adults in need. To prequalify and schedule an appointment (at this event only), call Mimi Rankin at 231-578-2099.
  • Eligibility: Adults with a family income up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and who haven’t received eye care through a VSP program during the last 12 months. Eye care services and prescription eyewear are not available if already covered through a private insurer or government program. All services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Aug. 17 | Kalamazoo

  • Date: Saturday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location: Beyond the Backpack School Readiness Fair at Bronson Park, 200 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo
  • Event details: Health resources for school-age children, information stations, entertainment, raffle giveaways, free food and more. No-cost eye exams and glasses will be available to eligible children in need.
  • Eligibility: Children accompanied by a parent or guardian with a family income up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and who haven’t received eye care through a VSP program during the last 12 months. Eye care services and prescription eyewear are not available if already covered through a private insurer or government program.
The "Eyestein" mobile eye care clinic has stops planned for Muskegon and Kalamazoo next week.

The “Eyestein” mobile eye care clinic has stops planned for Muskegon and Kalamazoo next week.

The VSP mobile clinics program developed as part of relief response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The company helped doctors whose vision practices had been destroyed quickly return to providing eye care and to offer no-cost replacement eyewear for community members.

Today, the clinics still travel to disasters when needed but are also kept busy by community visits like the ones scheduled in Muskegon and Kalamazoo. Patients in need receive comprehensive eye exams from a local VSP network doctor and, if needed, glasses – often the same day.

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