The founder of Pearle Vision, Dr. Stanley Pearle, recently passed. Many of you may not know that TSO was once part of the Pearle Vision Company. In reading about Dr. Pearle, you can see that he genuinely cared about his patients and our profession. He was a good businessman and gave back to the community in a number of ways. Patient care and compassion were the things he stood for. He reached great success taking his company nationwide and even international. But over his career, he took heat because there were many in the profession who felt his company commercialized optometry. I think history has proved that was an unfair assessment.
In many ways, Dr. Pearle’s ideals align with our ideals within the TSO family of doctors. Develop strong relationships with your patients, give them good care, give them great products and use good business principles to maintain you profitability. Interestingly enough, it was a group of brothers from Beaumont who had an idea similar to Dr. Pearle years before Pearle Vision was founded.
In 1936 these brothers founded TSO. Ten years ago, when we took over TSO we created an environment that was our vision. In many ways, we returned to basics but used technology and challenged our doctors to new heights. We have helped our communities through scholarships and in leadership roles. We have helped our profession through our affiliation with UHCO and TOA. We continue to keep the doctor-patient relationship our key focus and we have seen our practices continue to grow in spite of a down economy. I feel certain we will be able to look back someday and say we created something that we can all be proud of. Pearle Vision’s motto says no one cares for eye more than Pearle. That may be true in some parts of the country but I think we have the bragging rights for Texas!
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Roland Montemayor, O.D.