About Us

CEC administers vision benefits for employers, associations and health plans.  The simplicity of our plans makes us unique in the vision industry.  In addition, we offer outstanding service, generous savings, and a national network of providers.

Simplicity

The CEC benefit is the simplest vision plan ever designed.  It’s easy-to-understand, easy-to-administer, and easy-to-use.

Service

We believe in personalized service.  When a member or human resources manager calls CEC, they always speak to a live person.

Savings

CEC’s mission is to offer simple and affordable vision plans that save our members money. Members save up to 70% on routine eye care.

Network

CEC’s expansive provider network includes optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, online retailers, and the largest national network of retail chains.

Our Story

In 1998, Dr. Marvin Schrum, O.D. and Dr. Stephen Pollock, M.D. founded CEC with one simple idea — offer vision plans that simplify routine eye care. 

As providers themselves, they recognized the need for an uncomplicated vision plan that was both easy to administer and easy to use.  Business development activities initially focused on securing contracts with health plans.  In 2000, the founders made the strategic decision to focus instead on employer-based vision benefits.

Over the years, as the company has grown, CEC’s mission has remained focused on offering the simplest vision plan ever designed.  CEC’s portfolio of clients has expanded to a variety of employer groups, including hospitals, financial institutions, city and county governments, school systems, manufacturers and retailers.  We continue to see excellent satisfaction from clients, members, and providers.  Moreover, our CEC team members pride themselves on delivering prompt, professional and friendly service.  The company’s leadership continues to explore innovative ways of improving what is already considered to be the best vision benefit in today’s market.

Offering the simplest vision plans since 1998

Leadership Team

Dr. Marvin Schrum

CEO/CFO

Amy Eatmon

COO/Director of IT

Community Involvement

In 2015, CEC partnered with Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CIS) with a commitment to providing resources to disadvantaged children in our community.  CEC has embraced CIS’ top priority — “a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult” — as our volunteering focus.  CEC’s employees have volunteered with a local elementary/middle school to provide this type of support, serving as lunch buddies, reading buddies, tutors and mentors.

This is my second year volunteering as a mentor to a student through Communities in Schools. What started out as a mission to bless someone else’s life has ended up blessing mine! I am thankful for this opportunity that my employer, CEC, has made possible."

Cynthia Long

Office Manager

About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools’ (CIS) mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  An affiliate of the national Communities In Schools dropout prevention network, CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg serves thousands of students annually in 42 CMS schools that have the greatest needs but the fewest resources.  By forming partnerships with human service agencies, businesses, civic groups, faith communities, and individual volunteers, CIS connects children and families to the relationships and resources they need to be successful.  Find out more at www.cischarlotte.org.

I have been representing Community Eye Care to groups for over 10 years as a broker with Group Benefit Solutions. Working with CEC has been nothing short of a pleasure. They always do an excellent job helping me with any issues I have and always in a professional and friendly manner. I am comforted in knowing that my clients are well taken care of."

Bryan Hough, Benefits Advisor
Group Benefit Solutions, Inc.