Eye-trepreneurs

Union Approved and Staffed, Wisconsin Vision Expands

By John Sailer
Monday, November 24, 2014 10:30 AM NEW BERLIN, Wis.—With its business built serving organized labor, Wisconsin Vision already had its eyes on acquiring a practice that catered to the United Auto Workers (UAW) when that practice unexpectedly came up for auction earlier this year.

Multiple-Location Practice Finds its Software Solution in the Cloud

By John Sailer
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 12:10 AM

NEW HOLSTEIN, Wis.—When Cheryl Roers, OD, bought her first practice, it was easy enough to use an in-house server to support her electronic health record software, but as she gradually added locations over the years, it became clear that she needed a more efficient solution. She found her answer in cloud-based computing.

MyEyeDr’s Fast-Paced Expansion Grows at a Rate of One Location Per Week

By John Sailer
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:00 PM VIENNA, Va.—After surpassing its goal of 60 locations and $100 million in revenue by the end of 2013, MyEyeDr’s expansion drive continues unabated.

Halpern's Lean Practice Management Cuts No-Shows in Half

By John Sailer
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:30 AM Halpern Eye Care, under the management of the family practice’s third generation, Ryan Halpern, OD, has recently implemented strategies to improve patient flow and to take advantage of economies of scale for this nine-location regional group along with the six-location Vision Associates practice it acquired in Maryland last year.

Northeastern Eye Institute Touches Customers 'Everywhere They Are'

By John Sailer
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:12 AM SCRANTON, PA.—After instituting doctor-driven dispensing, complete with a pager system similar to those used while waiting for a table at a restaurant, along with other promotional efforts, Northeastern Eye Institute saw a substantial uptick in sales for this optical group in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Exclusive Eyewear Expansion: Norman Childs' Selective Niche Fuels Regional Growth

By John Sailer
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9:12 AM PITTSBURGH—After 37 years in optical retailing, all but two of them running his own company, Norman Childs has doubled his eyewear and eyecare business over the last three years. Most recently, he opened two new optical shops—an Eyetique in Cleveland and a 3 Guys Optical in the Pittsburgh area—both on the same day, March 1, 2014.

Arizona Group Shares Its Success By Managing Other Optical Locations Throughout the State

By John Sailer
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 8:12 AM PHOENIX, Ariz.—Starting in October, Barnet Dulaney Perkins (BDP), a successful regional optical group with 14 locations throughout Arizona, branched out into managing the optical dispensaries of other eyecare professionals throughout the state.

All in the Family: Whylie Eye Care’s Copple Clan Continues Its Optical Heritage

By John Sailer
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 10:12 AM DES MOINES, Iowa—With a family that's well known within the field of optometry as well as among its clientele throughout the state of Iowa, Whylie Eye Care Centers has made a name for itself both nationwide within its profession as well as statewide among its customers.

Seven-Location Practice Sees Acquisitions as a Survival Strategy

By dba Staff
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 7:12 AM After practicing 36 years as an optometrist, Mark Rinkov, OD, of Rinkov Eyecare Centers has become growth oriented. He made his first acquisition with the purchase of Rosenthal Vision Center's two offices in September.

To Take Control of Its Lens Costs, 947-EYES Invested in In-House Digital Processing

By John Sailer
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 1:06 AM OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—With the rising costs of lenses shrinking profits at his four optical locations, Joe Madore of 947-EYES decided it was time to invest in an in-house free-form digital processing system. So, in 2011, he went to Vision Expo West in Las Vegas to find out what was available.

MD Group's Optical Department Grows from Half Million Dollars to Nearly $10 Million

By John Sailer
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 2:12 AM PHOENIX, Ariz.—Six years ago, Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center (BDP) had about $500,000 in sales from its seven optical dispensaries. This year, the ophthalmology group is on track to end up with sales of just under $10 million from the 11 optical departments it now operates across 14 locations.

Crown Vision Builds Business With New Retail Format and 'Center of Excellence' Hub

By John Sailer
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 2:00 AM ALTON, Ill.—Location, location, location, the three most important factors to consider when buying real estate are also among the reasons for Crown Vision Center's success. All but three of its 29 locations are within a ten to fifteen mile radius in the densely populated St. Louis metropolitan area.

Today's Vision Expands Beyond Texas with Prospective Licensees Across the Country

By John Sailer
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 2:12 AM HOUSTON, Texas—With 41 locations in Texas and one in Oregon, it's clear that Today's Vision's focus has been primarily on Texas. Now, with final negotiations in the works with prospective licensees in states as far apart as California, Maryland and North Carolina, that is starting to change. Currently, Today's Vision is ranked 28 on Vision Monday's Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers, up from number 27 the previous year.

Partners in Vision's Continued Growth Ranks It Among the Country’s Top Optical Retailers

By John Sailer
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 2:12 AM LINDEN, N.J.— Partners in Vision jumped from number 40 among Vision Monday's Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers in 2011 to become the 32nd largest optical retailer in the U.S. for the 2012 calendar year.

Customized Design Combined With Empowering Employees Make Stanton a Success

By John Sailer
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 2:12 AM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—From the 30-foot-tall, distinctive white and orange freestanding stores that become landmarks in the cities in which they are built to the private label frame lines named for effective employees, Stanton Optical follows its own unique formula when selling eyeglasses. Since its founding less than 10 years ago, the chain has grown from just a few stores in the Midwest to approaching more than 55 locations by the end of next year.
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