Eye-trepreneurs

Loyalty is a Two-Way Street for Co/op Optical’s Owner, WCE, LLC

By John Sailer
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:00 AM DETROIT—It seems that optical groups in the Detroit area are getting a lot of attention these days. Perhaps that's because in a city that is infamous for its recent economic woes, the various optical retail chains that serve this market are not only surviving but thriving, remodeling and adding locations at a healthy pace.

Wisconsin Vision, LTD Launches in Milwaukee With Group's First Downtown Location

By John Sailer
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:05 AM MILWAUKEE—The group that owns and operates 23 Wisconsin Vision locations throughout the state, six Heartland Vision Stores in Indiana and Illinois, and seven Eye Boutiques in Chicago, launched a new brand, Wisconsin Vision, LTD, last month.

Bronx Born and Bred, Metro Optics Adds Fourth Location

By John Sailer
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:00 AM BRONX, N.Y.—After adding its fourth location in the Bronx at the end of 2014, Metro Optics has reached a level at which it can now take advantage of certain economies of scale.

Unexpected Detroit Opening Helps Optimize Henry Ford OptimEyes

By John Sailer
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 3:30 PM MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich.—When dba caught up with executives from Henry Ford OptimEyes last month when the optical group was named Regional Retailer of the Year at the 19th annual Transitions Academy in Orlando (see below), dba learned that the company has grown from 17 to 19 locations since March of 2013 (see "Optical Group Flourishes After Merger With Major Health System").

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.

How One Ophthalmology Group Finally Got Its Optical Dispensaries Under Control

By John Sailer
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 1:00 PM TOMS RIVER, N.J.—Where does a six-location ophthalmological group turn after spending 25 years being unsatisfied with the three different management companies that have handled its optical dispensaries over the years? In the case of Ocean Eye Institute, the answer was Vision Associates.

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.
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