Listen now: Partner Insights with MATTER, featuring VSP Vision

Three startups discuss vision care accessibility and equity in a conversation moderated by Will Flanagan of VSP Vision’s Global Innovation Center.

Eighty-four percent of people rate vision as the most important sense — and 97 percent agree that having healthy eyes is important — only half schedule an annual eye exam. As our population ages, we expect demand for vision care to grow, along with demand for better technology, interactions and experiences. As the inevitable demand for vision care accelerates, so too will the need to transform and enhance the eye care experience.

One of MATTER’s initiatives, which was developed with VSP Vision Global Innovation Center, is the first VSP Vision Innovation Challenge, a global competition to source and support solutions enhancing the eye care patient experience. In addition to launching the VSP Vision Innovation Challenge, MATTER and VSP Vision have co-produced a special podcast episode exploring how three startups are enhancing and transforming vision care by making the landscape more accessible, equitable and health-focused.

The conversation features Kimberly Wilson from HUED, Ali Khoshnevis of EyeCheq and Ehsan Vaghefi of Toku Eyes, who are building companies to transform vision care. The discussion was moderated by Will Flanagan, from the VSP Global Innovation Center.

Listen to the full discussion below.

For more information about the VSP Vision Innovation Challenge and to apply, please visit the VSP Vision Innovation Challenge website.

At MATTER, we believe collaboration is the best way to improve healthcare. The MATTER collaborative includes more than 1,000 current and alumni startups from around the world, working together with dozens of hospitals and health systems, universities and industry-leading companies to build the future of healthcare. Together we are accelerating innovation, advancing care and improving lives. For more information, visit and follow @MATTERhealth.

About VSP Vision
At VSP Vision, our purpose is to empower human potential through sight. As the first national not-for-profit vision benefits company, this is what drives everything we do. For nearly 70 years, VSP has been the leader in health-focused vision care. Every day, the people that power our complementary businesses—VSP® Vision Care, Marchon Eyewear, Inc., Visionworks®, Eyefinity®, Eyeconic, VSP® Optics, and VSP® Ventures—work together to create a world where everyone can bring their best vision to life. That means providing affordable access to eye care and eyewear for more than 85 million members through a network of more than 41,000 doctors. It also means expanding access to vision care to those disadvantaged by income, distance, or disaster through VSP Vision Eyes of Hope®. To date, more than 3.8 million people in need have received access to no-cost eye care and eyewear through one of our Eyes of Hope programs. Learn more about how we’re reinvesting in greater vision, health, and opportunities for all at