Disaster Eye Van comes to Topeka

There is a van that travels the country following natural disasters, like Katrina, to take care of the eyes that have seen those disasters take place.

It's owned by VSP Eye Care, a California-based company, and it's called Mobile Eyes.

Thursday night the van was in Topeka for an optometrist convention.

Topeka-born Connie Vavrizek, Mobile Clinics Manager for VSP Vision Care, travels with the van helping give free eye exams to disaster victims.

"When people don't have their glasses, it's one of the first things they really need to be able to do what is necessary to pull their lives back together. It's really important for us to be able to deploy immediately," Vavrizek said.

VSP used their resources to help victims after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which spawned the idea to have a full-time mobile unit that can quickly help after such disasters.

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