What:   Local residents who have lost or damaged their eyeglasses during Superstorm Sandy are invited to receive free eyecare and glasses on board two fully-stocked, 40-foot long, state-of-the-art mobile eyecare clinics, through relief efforts provided by VSP® Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits company in theUnited States. Beginning Tuesday, November 20 through Saturday, November 24, two mobile eyecare clinics will be set up in Queens, NY and Union Beach, NJ. (Closed Thanksgiving Day)

Each mobile clinic is outfitted with exam rooms, an eyeglass frame dispensary and a finishing lab allowing glasses to be made on-site. No appointments are necessary and services will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. The eligibility criteria to receive eyecare services include:

  • Being a non-VSP member who does not have vision insurance and who have lost or damaged their eyeglasses during Superstorm Sandy (Non-VSP members are individuals who don’t have VSP as their vision insurance carrier)
  • A social security number
  • Non-VSP members unable to visit the mobile clinics or who are unable to be seen onboard the mobile clinic due to limited availability may contact their local American Red Cross chapter or shelter to receive a VSP gift certificate redeemable for free eyecare services. VSP members who need eyecare or replacement glasses can receive them by calling 800-877-7195 for an authorization.

Eyecare services will be provided by local VSP optometrists whose offices have been closed due to Superstorm Sandy. Efforts are underway to establish additional satellite vision clinics hosted by VSP in other affected areas, with more details to follow. The mobile clinics will continue to host outreach in various communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy during the upcoming weeks.

Why:    For many people, recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy are much more difficult as their glasses were lost or damaged during the storm, making even simple tasks more complex. To help, VSP has committed relief efforts valued up to $1 million to ensure those affected have access to quality eyecare and eyewear.

Other VSP relief efforts to support those affected by Superstorm Sandy include:

  • Matching VSP employee contributions dollar for dollar to the American Red Cross. To join VSP in donating to the American Red Cross, please click here.
  • Providing aid to VSP eye doctors who were impacted by the storm so that they can continue to provide patient care.


                          Tuesday, Nov. 20 – Saturday, Nov. 24 (closed Thanksgiving Day)

                          9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
                          Union Beach Police Department and Courthouse
                          650 Toole Ave.
                          Union Beach, NJ 07735             

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...