Dr. Roy Rubinfeld will donate laser vision correction to former homeless teen who grew up to start his own charity for needy kids.
WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 29, 2016)—On November 30th, Dr. Roy Rubinfeld, a renowned laser vision correction surgeon from Washington, DC, will donate a laser vision correction procedure to Rob Scheer, a former foster child who now works to better the lives of children in the foster system. Dr. Rubinfeld, who was the first doctor in the Washington area to treat laser vision correction patients nearly thirty-years-ago, hoped to give back to the community by donating the procedure to a worthy recipient. Dr. Rubinfeld, who has a private practice in Rockville and Fairfax called Re:Vision – Roy Rubinfeld, MD, launched a program called “A Hero in Focus.” Several people in the community nominated a person whose life would be made easier without glasses or contacts and a panel of local eye doctors selected the winner. The procedure will be performed at Dr. Rubinfeld’s Rockville office.
“My father served in the military and I have always offered vision correction at reduced rates to those who serve our country and community,” says Dr. Rubinfeld. “However, I wanted to do something more and so we launched this program and Rob Scheer is exactly the kind of person we were hoping to find.”
The contest winner, Rob Scheer, grew up as a foster child and became homeless as a teenager. Looking for an escape, Rob eventually turned to the U.S. Navy to make a better life for himself. As an adult, Rob, along with his husband Reece, ended up adopting four children (each set of two were siblings who had been placed in foster care due to neglect). Soon after, in 2013, Rob started a nonprofit organization called Comfort Cases. The organization makes care packages with comforts many foster children lack – pajamas, toothbrushes, shampoo, books and writing materials. In just three years, Comfort Cases has served over 20,000 foster children. As a youth, Rob struggled to afford eye care and has made a bad habit of wearing his contact lenses for months at a time, causing great irritation and hampering his work. He has considered laser vision correction in the past but has always put others first instead. With his work and travel schedule, Rob is very much looking forward to gaining more visual freedom on November 30th.
Re:Vision – Roy Rubinfeld, MD, specializes in laser vision correction, and the treatment of keratoconus, a corneal disease. For over 25 years Dr. Roy Rubinfeld has been honored to be entrusted with the care of tens of thousands of patients.
Comfort Cases is a non-profit organization that provides backpacks with essential items like toiletries, pajamas, activities and other items for children in foster care. The charity went from providing 300 kits in 2013 to donating 7,000 kits to kids in D.C., Maryland and Virginia foster systems last year.