Partnernship Provides Eye Exams And Eyewear To Over 400 Oakland Residents

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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(OAKLAND, CA) – On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, VSP Vision Care (VSP), and E.C. Reems Community Services partnered to provide over 400 Oakland residents attending the Mobile Eye Clinic at the Center of Hope Community Church with glasses and free eye exam services from local VSP doctors. 

“An eye exam is a critical healthcare screen for an individual’s well-being.  By identifying vision correction needs and detecting and treating serious health conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, eye care is an important part of a person’s overall health.  The outpouring of residents who came to receive care highlights the existing need to improve health care access to our most vulnerable populations,” said Bonta. 

More than 20 individuals, many of them seniors and residents of Crossroads, a homeless shelter operated by the East Oakland Community Project, received vision care on-board a state-of-the-art, 45-foot mobile eye exam clinic.  Local residents who were unable to be examined received a gift certificate redeemable for services at a local VSP doctor’s office.

“I am proud to have partnered with VSP and E.C. Reems Community Services to provide our community with a cost-effective measure, which will improve the lives of our residents and potentially reduce future healthcare costs.  I look forward to continue working in partnership with these organizations to provide and promote critical health services,” concluded Bonta.

Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro.  He Chairs the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee and the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay; and is a member of the Assembly Health, Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Elections & Redistricting Committees.