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VSP Global - Sharing your vision

What is VSP Global

VSP History

1955

With a dream to provide high-quality, cost-effective eyecare benefits, a group of optometrists in Oakland, California, form the first prepaid, not-for-profit vision benefit.

1960s

Companies and government agencies begin recognizing the importance of including vision insurance in their employees' benefits packages.

VSP experiences rapid growth and builds stronger partnerships with eye doctors.

The VSP concept is so successful that other states use it as a model.

1968

Headquarters move from Oakland to Sacramento, California.

1970s

VSP opens an optical lab in Sacramento, California, to better serve its members and eye doctors with a wide range of products and specialized service. (Today, our lab network includes more than 300 facilities nationwide.)

1980s

With VSP now a national eyecare wellness benefits leader, organizations in many industries, such as education, government, high-tech and banking, quickly see the value of vision care.

1990s

Vision care benefits grow increasingly popular among employers as they recognize the competitive advantages of providing their employees a complete benefits package. As a result, membership increases 11 times to more than 31 million.

1992

We launch Altair eyewearTM, a private-label frame company that sells its products exclusively to our eye doctors.

1993

Our headquarters moves once again to our current building in Rancho Cordova, California, near Sacramento.

1997

The Sight for Students® program launches, delivering free eyecare services to thousands of low-income children.

2000s

VSP launches Eyefinity®, a separate for-profit company that provides e-commerce solutions to private-practice VSP doctors.

Fortune Magazine lists our company as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" consecutively from 2000 through 2008.

2003

VSP opens our second high-tech optical lab, located outside Columbus, Ohio.

2004

In December, VSP achieves a gross $2 billion in revenue.

J.D. Power and Associates ranked VSP "Highest in Member Satisfaction Among National Vision Plans, Three Years in a Row (2004 -2006)."*

2005

In September, VSP celebrates our 50th anniversary.

2006

Fortune Magazine ranks VSP #7 on its list of '100 Best Companies to Work For.' In addition, we begin providing voluntary coverage to many of the more than eight million federal employees and retirees.

2007

VSP expands its company and network of doctors into Canada. VSP begins also offering a "direct to consumer" comprehensive eyecare plan to those who don’t have access to vision coverage through an employer. In addition, VSP purchases its third optical lab, Legends 4.0TM, located in Lewisville, Texas.

2008

VSP expands its existing frame and practice solutions business by acquiring Marchon, an industry-leading manufacturer, designer, and distributor of quality eyewear and sunwear. OfficeMate, Marchon’s practice solutions business, merges with Eyefinity to create Eyefinity/OfficeMate, and Altair becomes an eyewear division of Marchon.

VSP purchases its fourth optical lab, Ultra Lens, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

2009

The VSP Global enterprise brand was launched, representing the collective strengths of VSP and its member companies.

2010

VSP launches the VSP Eye on Diabetes campaign.

Training Magazine ranks VSP in their Training Top 125 list for the 11th year in a row.

Marchon is honored with several Readers’ Choice awards, including the “Readers’ Choice, Company” award for the second year in a row by Jobson Medical Information publication readers.

Vision Monday names VSP Labs the Top Lab of 2010.

2011

In the Spring, VSP responds to the destruction caused by 334 tornadoes in 21 states.

VSP Optics Group launches UNITY Performance Optics.

VSP pays nearly 17 million claims in the U.S. totaling $3.4 billion (USD) in doctor payments.

2012

VSP Global provides relief efforts for Superstorm Sandy.

Inc. Magazine names VSP as a top job creator.

Independent practices in the U.S. receive approximately $45 million (USD) through VSP Global shared-savings programs.

VSP Vision Care and NBA star Tyreke Evans formally adopt the City of Chester to provide free eyecare on an annual basis to those in need.

2013

VSP Vision Care growth continues in the U.S. with 45,000 clients, 30,000 network optometrists, and nearly 60 million covered members.

VSP Neighbourhood Eyecare launches in the Australian market. 

VSP earns recognition for 11th consecutive year for having world class call centers by Service Quality Measurement Group.

The VSP Eastern Operations Center and VSPOne Columbus in Columbus, OH are recognized as a 2013 Top Workplace by Columbus CEO Magazine.

VSP Global announced the launch of Eyes of Hope®, a global charity platform.

To date, through the Eyes of Hope programs, VSP has invested close to $162 million in free eyecare and eyewear for more than 880,000 adults and children in need.