At Tribe, we are on a mission to create a new way forward for people to see their best. We do it by returning eyecare and glasses back to vision professionals and our members — with absolutely no middlemen. Instead of frames, lens labs, and vision plans all built to serve a powerful monopoly, we have built a model to serve our profession and the public.
No one else.
We are the first vision collective, because true change will only come from the inside.
For all of this, we are radicals.
Tribe Eyeworks and its new model for delivering eyecare was the brainchild of Dr. Nicholas Pittman.
Growing up with a long list of eye problems, a career in helping others see better seemed a natural calling.
Beginning in the field as a teenager as a glasses lab technician, with later roles in various office roles such as insurance billing and optician, provided the chance to learn the complexities of a diverse industry. Dr. Pittman would go on to earn degrees from Missouri State and the Nova College of Optometry. With a clinical background in the VA health system and the Dartmouth College community, more challenging medical cases were a daily occurrence.
The combination of these experiences, however, made the necessity of building a better system even more clear. Leaving a comfortable and rewarding group practice in the Upper Valley, Tribe Eyeworks was launched in the Fall of 2018.
Like so many areas of worldwide healthcare, the care of our eyes suffers from crushing inequality. The most common forms of blindness in the world are trachoma and simply not having glasses. This is wrong and entirely in our power to change. That is why every glasses or contacts purchase at Tribe — will take a small step towards making sight a human right.