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Operation TLC

What is Operation TLC?

At TLC, we believe everyone deserves better vision. We’ve partnered with the Pujols Family Foundation1 to bring access to healthy eye care to the Dominican Republic in 2015. We call this Operation TLC.

In January 2015, 10 eye doctors and 10 TLC support staff chosen from hundreds of applicants across TLC's network in the United States and Canada will join the Pujols Family Foundation to distribute eyeglasses, perform eye exams, and diagnose and treat eye diseases for over 5,000 impoverished patients in the Dominican Republic..


"We get to change people's lives every day by providing the highest quality LASIK available," said TLC CEO Ben Cook. "This trip will enable us to make an even greater difference for people who need it the most. We believe sight is precious, and that clear vision enhances life. We're proud to help the Pujols Family Foundation fulfill its mission to improve the standard of living and quality of life for impoverished people in the Dominican Republic."

A special thank you to our gracious sponsors:

  • VSP & Marchon for over 6,000 pairs of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses
  • Office Essentials, Inc. for mission trip supplies
  • VOSH International for deeply discounted eye care equipment
  • Go2 Partners for scrubs and gifts for our team
A special thank you to our Affiliated Doctors joining our mission:

  1. Dr. Joel Kestenbaum - Optix Family Eyecare Center (Long Island)
  2. Dr. Bob Lype - Heartland Eyecare Inc. (St. Louis)
  3. Dr. David Nigh - The Nigh Eye Group (Piedmont)
  4. Dr. Kevin Mathes - MyEyeDr (Rockville)
  5. Dr. Jennifer Schmelzer - Bethel Vision Center (Columbus)
  6. Dr. Krista Heil - Family Vision Center (Fargo)
  7. Dr. William Hasquet - Montana Eyecare LLP (Billings)
  8. Dr. David Miller - David Miller, O.D. (White Plains)
  9. Dr. Brian Eveland - Lake Ozark Family Eyecare (St. Louis)
  10. Dr. Matthew Harrison - Brant Family Eyecare (Waterloo)

This trip would not be possible without the support of Optometry Giving Sight, an organization dedicated to providing free eye care to people in developing countries. TLC is a long-time donor to OGS.22

World Sight Day Challenge

TLC Laser Eye Centers has been recognized with a World Sight Day Challenge Platinum award!

We earned this award for our work supporting Optometry Giving Sight, a non-profit organization that delivers eye care and low cost glasses to people living in underserved or impoverished communities. For millions around the world, such services make the difference between a life of poverty and one of opportunity.

1 The Pujols Family Foundation is an IRS recognized national 501(c)3 charity that provides extraordinary opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome as well as extensive humanitarian efforts the impoverished people of the Dominican Republic. The Foundation was established in 2005 by Major League Baseball Player, Albert Pujols, with his wife, Deidre, to honor their daughter who lives with Down syndrome and provide relief in Albert’s native country, the Dominican Republic. The Foundation’s mission has been built upon three principles of Faith, Family and Others.

2 Optometry Giving Sight is a U.S. non-profit organization that funds sustainable eye and vision care projects in underserved communities