Blount County Eye Center (BCEC)

Blount County Eye Center (BCEC)

Location: Maryville, TN

Established: 1965

Website: Visit

Doctors: 5

Positivity, service, and patient care—that’s what the team at Blount County Eye Center (BCEC) will tell you their practice is built upon. With an award-winning facility that utilizes some of today’s most advanced eye health care technology, BCEC strives to provide every patient with a truly personal, high-quality experience. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Led by Dr. Will Tantum, who took over the practice from his father in 2014, the doctors and staff at BCEC believe that people are worth investing in. They’ve added new services, such as vision therapy, to fill a gap in their community, and for them, it’s paying off. The practice was recently named one of America’s Finest Optical Retailers for 2016 by INVISION Magazine, and was also recognized as Small Business of the Year at the annual Best of Blount Awards.

BCEC is sharing their passion for service with others, from local volunteer efforts to supporting the global community. With a core value of service and a mission to serve patients, serve one another, and to serve their community, the BCEC team visits local nursing homes each month to clean and adjust glasses for free—a volunteer effort that Dr. Tantum explains as “its own reward.”

In 2014, Dr. Tantum also designed the "Eye Love wear and share" program—an in-house one-for-one eyewear-giving program. Each time a patient purchases a frame in the BCEC office, a new frame is donated to someone in need. To date, Eye Love has sent over 2,000 brand-new frames to Guatemala, and the program has grown to serve those in need in Haiti and locally in Blount County as well.


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