TLC Committed to Optometric Co-Management

posted Nov 4, 2012, 4:44 PM by Jen Weigel
From the desk of George Neal, TLC CEO:

TLC Laser Eye Centers

Since my appointment in April as the CEO of TLC Laser Eye Centers, I've made it a point to spend time meeting many of the staff, surgeons and optometrists who together built this company into a refractive surgery leader. These more than 20 visits to the field showed a resilient and remarkably strong organization that is positioned for even more success in the coming years - a company that has turned the corner and is convincingly winning in the marketplace.

Market leaders are often the subject of rumors and speculation. Let me be clear: Optometric co-management was, is and will remain the foundation of our company. We are profitable and supported by a Board of Directors that is aggressively investing in an even brighter future. These investments have or will soon include additional advertising, the remodeling of older TLC centers, the continued purchasing of state-of-the-art LASIK technology, and an entirely new web site that more prominently highlights the important role optometrists play in a patient's LASIK experience at TLC.

These investments are not just focused on the U.S. In Canada, for example, we purchased a femtosecond cataract laser, and a TLC surgeon soon thereafter performed Canada's first femtosecond cataract procedure. We also started offering corneal crosslinking and will soon begin offering the KAMRA corneal inlay for patients with presbyopia.

These Canadian projects are important because they give us early and deep experience in the exciting new refractive technologies likely to be made available in the United States in a few more years. No other U.S. LASIK provider has this unique advantage, which puts TLC in a position to confidently continue offering your patients the very latest in refractive surgery.

TLC is proud of the life-changing business we've worked with you to build. We know of no other LASIK provider with the experience, expertise, technology and funding necessary to better serve the interests of you and your patientsThis market-leading position would not have been possible without the support of you and your optometric colleagues.

Now and in the future, we will remain focused on serving your patients with the best surgeons, the best results and the best overall patient experience. Our commitment to optometry is unwavering. This longstanding strategic focus on optometric co-management will not change under my leadership.

Thank you for your ongoing support of TLC Laser Eye Centers. Should you have any questions or comments that you want to share with me directly, please feel free to e-mail me, or call me at 636-534-2356.

Most sincerely,


George Neal

Chief Executive Officer