Eye Care Group, with offices in Madison, Vevay, North Vernon, and Seymour, offers comprehensive eye exams and services for the region. The practice was founded by Drs. Tom and Maggie Lisle, after both had worked in other optometry offices for many years. They started their practice with the purpose statement of, “To provide quality eye care and thus enhance the gift of sight, one patient at a time,” and aim to take care of their patients in they way they want to be cared for.
While they focus on eye health, Dr. Tom noted that they are very whole-patient oriented, as the eyes are the window into the vascular system and can provide early indicators of systemic diseases, such as diabetes and high cholesterol. The six optometrists in the practice partner closely with eye specialists and surgeons, such as Dr. Pugh, Dr. Yunker, and Dr. Jeremy Clark, and even offer services such as glaucoma treatment, and post-cataract laser treatment in-house so patients don’t have to travel to the city to get that care. Dr. Tom credits his amazing staff with providing patients with great care.
The Eye Care Group just recently completed vision screenings at the schools in the counties they serve, including South Ripley. They are excited to currently have an optometry student completing a rotation with them as part of their education training. They feel honored to have been vetted and selected as the doctors to guide future optometrist’s skill development.
To learn more about Eye Care Group or to book an appointment, visit their website at www.ecg2020.com or call 812-265-6222. You are also invited to their upcoming Trunk Show on November 1 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, where their major frame vendors – Ray Ban, Silhouette, and Kate Spade – will have trunks full of the latest frames and offer a 30% discount on a complete pair of glasses. This is a great opportunity to check out their Madison office at 2580 Michigan Road, meet the staff, and get a new pair of fashionable and functional glasses.
Eye Care Group is a Diamond Sponsor of Main Street Versailles.
The Tyson Fund was established by Mr. James Tyson to help relieve the financial burden of the citizens of the Town of Versailles. Mr. Tyson was raised in Versailles and made his fortune by becoming the first investor in Walgreen Drug Company. Mr. Walgreen lived in the same Chicago boarding house as Tyson and wanted to open a second drug store. Tyson loaned Walgreen the money to do so, and the drug store chain was born. The Tyson Fund was started in 1930 with 18,000 shares of Walgreens stock. Today, the fund is a diversified portfolio managed by JP Morgan worth $20 million. Since 1931, the fund has distributed $24 million dollars to the Town of Versailles and organizations in Versailles that meet Mr. Tyson’s criteria for funding.
In addition to establishing the fund, Tyson built the Tyson School, Tyson Library, and Tyson Methodist Church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The church’s architecture features styles Tyson saw in his many trips abroad and is full of biblical symbolism. The Tyson Library is the only private library in the state of Indiana, as its funding comes from the Tyson Fund and other grant funding rather than from taxes. Versailles also had public waterworks well ahead of other small towns because Tyson built the water and sewer systems.
Tyson’s forethought in establishing a fund to benefit his town has had an incredible impact on Versailles’ infrastructure, organizations, and citizens. Numerous projects have been supported and enabled by the fund, such as new water lines, sewer system upgrades, road improvements, the sports complex, playgrounds, and more without being a tax burden on the citizens of Versailles. Additionally, organizations in Versailles have been able to improve quality of life for citizens through the support of the Tyson Fund. The fund is administered by a Board of Trustees.
Applications for the fund are accepted each July and awards are made on James Tyson’s birthday, September 14th, at the Tyson Methodist Church. Residents of the town are encouraged to come to the birthday celebration and awards to be aware of, vote on, and appreciate the projects the fund supports.
The Tyson Fund is a Lead Sponsor of Main Street Versailles.