Optometry Giving Sight is grateful to all of our donors across the United States and Canada. They make it possible for us to support global projects that train local eye care professionals, establish vision centers and deliver eye care and glasses to so many under-served people and communities around the world. To the optometrists, practices, patients, companies and students who help to Give Sight and Hope, we say Thank You!
Our major corporate partners are highlighted below:
DR. JUAN CARLOS ARAGÓN
Member since 2011. Current Chair.
Read MoreDr. Juan Carlos Aragón’s gift this year is made in the memory of his late beloved son Bernardo. Dr. Aragon is President of the Speciatly EyeCare Division at CooperVision. He completed his optometric training at the Superior School of Medicine of the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City, graduating with a high honour degree in 1984. Over his 33 year international career within the eye-care industry, in addition to CooperVision, he has occupied multiple executive management positions at Bausch & Lomb, CIBA Vision and Ocular Sciences. Dr. Aragón has been actively involved in supporting eye-care educational initiatives around the world, focusing primarily on developing countries. Dr. Aragon is the global Chairman of Optometry Giving Sight.
DR. GREG PEARL
Member since 2010
Read MoreDr. Pearl lives and practices in suburban Los Angeles and volunteers frequently at the LA Free Clinic. He is the Immediate Past President of VOSH International. He has led or participated on 40 week-long VOSH missions to Venezuela, Costa Rica, Columbia, Peru, El Salvador and mainland Mexico. Although Dr. Pearl’s greatest interest now is raising funds to establish sustainable eye clinics and to support optometry schools in developing countries.
DR. BOBBY & JAYNE CHRISTENSEN
Members since 2011
Read MoreDr. Bobby Christensen, O.D., F.A.A.O., is Senior Vice President Vision Source L.P. past President of Heart of America Contact Lens Society; Diplomate of Cornea and Contact Lens Section American Academy of Optometry; past President of Oklahoma Optometric Assoc; Benedict Professor, University of Houston; one of “Top Ten Optometrists of the Decade” selected in Optometric Management 12-99. Mrs Jayne Christensen, R.D.A is a registered dietitian dedicated to wellness and improving eating habits, graduate of University of Houston, residency at Houston VA Hospital; administrative assistant for Vision Source L.P., volunteer for Literacy Link and TEEM ministries, former chairperson personnel committee Wickline Methodist Church.
DR. JILL GEERING MATHESON
Member since 2013
Read MoreDr. Matheson has been in private practice at Alaska Vision Center in Juneau, Alaska since 1992. She is a former Optometry Giving Sight Philanthropist of the Year and has been a member of the State of Alaska Board of Examiners in Optometry for eight years.
DR. SIDNEY and the late MRS. FLORENCE STERN
Member since 2014
ISTHMUS EYE CARE
Member since 2014
Read MoreIsthmus Eye Care and their patients believe in the possibility of accomplishing more. First established by the late Dr Victor J Connors, and now passing on that sense of responsibility to each Doctor, staff, and patient that comes through their door in Madison and Middleton WI. “To be able to have this opportunity, and help provide something so essential is beyond rewarding. Sharing this with our community, through their donations with each pair of glasses has truly been a gift.”
DR. PAUL KARPECKI
Member since 2015
Read MoreDr. Karpecki received his doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University and completed a fellowship in medical cornea in Kansas City in affiliation with PCO. He currently works in corneal services, heads the ocular surface disease clinic and is director of clinical research at the Koffler Vision Group in Lexington, Kentucky. A noted educator and author, Dr. Karpecki is the Chief Clinical Editor for the Review of Optometry Journal. He is past president of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology.
DR. RONALD COOKE
Member since 2018
Read MoreDr. Ronald Cooke graduated from the University of Louisville in 1965 majoring in chemistry. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University in 1969. He is a founder, partner and active Board member of Opticare Vision Centers with multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Cooke has served as President of various professional and business organizations. These include The Vision League of Ohio, Cincinnati Optometric Center, Zone 8 of the Ohio Optometric Association, Eastern Hills Jaycees and the Eastern Hills Exchange Club. He is also a life member of the American Optometric Association. In 1977, Dr. Cooke became one of the founding partners of Cincinnati-based Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc. He served as its President and CEO from 1977 to 2016. Diversified was innovative in providing independent eye care providers across the U.S. with a single source for needed optometric goods and services. Diversified consistently ranked in the top five soft contact lens distributors in the United States. In addition to receiving the prestigious Transitions’ Lab of the Year Award multiple times, Diversified was regularly recognized as one of the Top 25 Independent Ophthalmic Laboratories in the U.S. The Cincinnati Enquirer included Diversified among the “Top 100 Privately Owned”.
Member since 2018
Read MoreHoward B. Purcell, O.D., F.A.A.O., Dipl. Dr. Purcell currently serves as Senior Vice President, Customer Development for Essilor of America. He has been part of the Essilor team for 10 years. Prior to joining Essilor he spent 13 years as Senior Director of Professional Affairs for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. A graduate of the New England College of Optometry in 1984, Dr. Purcell participated in a group optometric practice for eleven years with his father in Miami Beach, FL. Beginning in June 1991, Dr. Purcell joined the faculty of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. During his career at the college, he was a principle in the development of the Department of Cornea and Contact Lenses. Reaching the rank of Associate Professor, Dr. Purcell was responsible for both the didactic and clinical components of the program, serving as the Deputy Dean of the college. Dr. Purcell is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry His energetic and enthusiastic style has made Dr. Purcell a popular lecturer internationally. Purcell’s unique philosophies and practices have often attracted the media to focus attention on current optometric issues and research in the industry.
Member since 2017
Read MoreRon Walker is the publisher of AllAboutVision.com, which he co-founded in 2000. Prior to that, Ron launched the first e-newsletter for eye care practitioners — Contact Lenses Today — and served in various capacities with professional publications including Contact Lens Spectrum, Eyecare Business and Optometric Management.
Member since 2017
Read MoreEric White, O.D. is the owner of Complete Family Vision Care Optometry in San Diego, California. He is a clinical Investigator for several contact lens companies having participated on over 420 clinical studies. Dr. White is a consultant to many advisory boards and numerous professional optometric organizations. He has published several articles on contact lenses and given numerous talks on contact lenses, eye safety, computer vision syndrome and practice management. Dr. White was awarded the 2012 Transitions National Eyecare Practice of the Year, the 2014 Vision Monday Innovator of the Year and the 2015 Transitions Ambassador of the Year.
VISION CLINIC, DR STEVE RICE, CEO
Member since 2018
Read MoreHaving participated in multiple VOSH trips to developing countries, I was keenly aware of the enormous unmet need of vision care where it is so desperately needed. Those trips were impactful and fulfilling, but I always felt they were a temporary band-aid. When Dr. Holden first presented the idea of Optometry Giving Sight to Vision Source Administrators, I was 100% committed to the cause. Rather than giving them a fish, let’s teach them how to fish! Fortunately, I am surrounded by amazing colleagues and staff who have jumped on board to support the cause. Vision Clinic has actively participated with Optometry Giving Sight since the beginning and we now do an annual 5K run for the World Sight Day Challenge. I am so thankful and blessed to have such a benevolent team to work with every day.