EyeSouth Establishes Presence in Alabama with Montgomery Eye Physicians Partnership

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Monday, July 8, 2019 12:18 AM ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners has completed an affiliation with Montgomery Eye Physicians and Prescription Eyewear, which marks the firm’s first partnership in Alabama, according to an announcement late last week. EyeSouth also noted that Alabama “will be a priority growth state for the company in the future.” Montgomery Eye Physicians will continue to operate under its brand, with no changes to its staff, physicians or locations, according to the announcement. EyeSouth, an eyecare-focused management services organization committed to partnering with leading physicians in the Southeast, is backed by Shore Capital Partners, a lower middle-market health care private equity firm.

Acuity Eyecare Group Continues Acquisition Momentum With Deal for Pediatric & Adult Vision Care

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:24 AM DALLAS—Riata Capital Group said its portfolio company Acuity Eyecare Group has acquired Pediatric & Adult Vision Care, a single location eyecare practice in Wexford, Pa. The practice also operates a Vision Therapy-only location in Fox Chapel, Pa. Both offices are located near Pittsburgh. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pediatric & Adult Vision Care is known for quality, comprehensive eyecare treatment for the whole family, as well as its efforts to serve as partner in the community, according to the announcement.

Alpine Investors Makes Strategic Growth Investments in Ohio Eyecare Practices

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Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:21 AM SAN FRANCISCO and AKRON, Ohio—Alpine Investors, a middle market private equity firm, is investing in the Ohio-based eyecare practice, Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons Inc. (NEOES), including its subsidiary business, Ohio Eye Care Consultants (OECC). An official announcement of the transaction is expected today (June 27). The two eyecare firms will together form a new ophthalmology platform for Alpine, and will continue to operate independently under their respective brands. The terms of the private transaction are not being disclosed.

Acuity Eyecare Group Acquires Carlsson Family Eye Center Near Phoenix

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019 12:21 AM DALLAS—Riata Capital Group reported that its portfolio company Acuity Eyecare Group  has acquired Carlsson Family Eye Center, a single-location practice based in Gilbert, Ariz., a town about 25 miles southeast of Phoenix. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Acuity, which was formed in 2017 owns and operates 108 eyecare practice locations across eight states under 10 different local brands following its most recent acquisition. In addition, the firm operates a large, full-service digital lab operation. The firm previously this month reported that it had closed on three separate acquisitions, as VMAIL reported.

EyeCare Services Partners Adds Rick Hoffner as Vice President of Operations, Central Region

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:21 AM DALLAS—EyeCare Services Partners (ESP), a private equity-backed firm specializing in integrated eyecare services, has appointed Rick Hoffner as vice president of operations for its central region, effective June 10, according to an announcement this week. Hoffner will lead the operations of ESP’s integrated portfolio of eyecare practices in Illinois, including Hauser Ross Eye Institute, Chicagoland Retinal Consultants, Smith-Perry Eye Center, Midwest Eye Center, Retina Group Chicago, Lakeside Eye Group, Lawrence Eye Care, Chicago Eye Consultants, VZN Eye Care and Yavitz Eye Center, the announcement noted.

VSP Ventures and Rosin Eyecare Form JV to Acquire Two Eyecare Practices in Tennessee

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures and Rosin Eyecare have established a joint venture through which the organizations have acquired two practices in Tennessee, Shanks Family Eye Care and Coley and Coley Family Eye Care. Both practices are in the Nashville, Tennessee market and will continue to operate under their respective brands, executives said. “We’re pleased to partner with an organization of the caliber of Rosin Eyecare, leveraging their expertise to ensure seamless transitions for practices,” said Steve Baker, president of VSP Ventures. “Our first two acquisitions enable the founding doctors to continue their passion for delivering exceptional patient care.”

Acuity Eyecare Group Acquires Two Pittsburgh-Area Optometry Practices in Separate Transactions

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 12:24 AM DALLAS—Riata Capital Group (“Riata”) said Tuesday that its portfolio company Acuity Eyecare Group has acquired two separate Pittsburgh-area eyecare practices, Eyes on Regent Square (in Pittsburgh) and Clear Vision Family Eyecare, a single-location practice based in Mars, Pa. (north of Pittsburgh). The terms of the transactions were not disclosed. Acuity now owns and operates more than 100 eyecare and optometry locations across eight states that operate under 10 different local brands, according to Tuesday’s announcement. The firm also owns a large, full-service digital lab operation outside of St. Louis. Acuity said it expects to expand to more than 150 locations by early 2020.

EyeCare Services Partners Enters ‘Strategic Partnership’ With Florida’s Delray Eye Associates

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 12:21 AM DALLAS—Delray Eye Associates (DEA), a leading comprehensive eyecare provider in South Florida, has entered into a strategic partnership with EyeCare Services Partners Management LLC (ESP), according to a joint announcement on Tuesday. The move was effective May 24. Following the transaction, all DEA shareholders and several associate providers will become ESP shareholders. Other terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

PE-Backed EyeSouth Expands into Tennessee Through Affiliation With Two Private Practices

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Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:24 AM ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners, which is backed by the private equity firm Shore Capital Partners, recently announced its expansion into Tennessee with an affiliation with Cumberland Eye Care and Plateau ASC, located in Crossville, and Cookeville Eye Specialists and Perimeter ASC of Cookeville. The affiliations will establish EyeSouth’s initial presence in Tennessee, “which will be a key growth state for the company going forward,” according to the announcement. Each practice and surgery center will continue to operate under its brand, with no changes to its staff, physicians or locations, the announcement noted.

Total ECP Acquires Bethesda Vision Care, Maryland-Based Practice of Michael Berenhaus, OD

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:21 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Total Eye Care Partners (Total ECP) said Tuesday that it has acquired Bethesda Vision Care from Dr. Michael Berenhaus, a member and former president of the Maryland Optometric Association. Total ECP, which is backed by Toronto-based private equity fund manager Imperial Capital Group, was founded in 2017. The terms of its most recent transaction were not disclosed. The Bethesda Vision Care practice becomes the 39th office location under the Total ECP corporate umbrella, and the fifth office in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, according to the announcement.

SouthEast Eye Specialists Announces Addition of Tennessee’s Complete Eye Care

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Friday, April 26, 2019 12:24 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.—SouthEast Eye Specialists, a leading provider of medical and surgical eyecare, announced earlier this week that Complete Eye Care, a premier eyecare practice with locations in Soddy-Daisy and Dayton, Tenn., will join the SouthEast Eye Specialists management organization. Private equity investment firm Flexpoint Ford has been an investor in SouthEast Eye since 2017.“We’re committed and passionate about providing patients in Tennessee with the highest quality of care and adding leading practitioners like Dr. J.D. Bonner and Dr. Will Whitmire to our expanding medical staff is further proof of our commitment,” SouthEast Eye chief clinical officer Dr. Daryl Mann said in the announcement.

Hardy Capital Acquires LD Vision Group, Owner of Three Online Contact Lens Sites

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Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:27 AM VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Hardy Capital, a Canadian investment firm with experience in the online eyewear market via Roger Hardy, founder of the former Coastal.com business, said Wednesday that it has completed the acquisition of LD Vision Group. LD Vision owns three online contact lens sites, OptiContacts.com, LensDiscounters.com and ContactsExpress.ca. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Hardy Capital’s Roger Hardy told VMAIL that LD Vision is “quite a material business.” The company was founded in 2002 and was one of the first discount online contact lens sellers, and reached Canadian $50 million in sales last year, the announcement noted.

Sale of Shopko’s Optical Business Still Pending as Bankruptcy Court Awaits More Information

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Friday, April 19, 2019 12:24 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—A bankruptcy court hearing to approve the $8.5 million sale of Shopko’s optical business wrapped up Thursday morning without a ruling by the judge in the Nebraska court hearing the matter, according to the court clerk’s office. The judge has asked the parties involved in the sale—Shopko and sole bidder Monarch Alternative Capital—to submit more information related to the terms of the sale, the clerk’s office told VMAIL. The hearing could resume as early as Monday, April 22. The hearing for Thursday had been scheduled as the venue for reviewing and approving Monarch’s $8.5 million offer under the terms and schedule Shopko had set out in a court filing detailing the terms of a planned auction sale.

Eye Health America Makes Acquisition of Carolinas Centers for Sight

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Friday, April 12, 2019 12:27 AM ATLANTA—Eye Health America (EHA), a leader in eyecare practice management, announced Thursday that it has acquired Carolinas Centers for Sight, the company’s second acquisition of 2019. Based in Florence, S.C., Carolinas Centers for Sight is a highly regarded ophthalmology practice that serves residents in both North and South Carolina, the announcement noted. The practice and its physicians have provided medical and surgical ophthalmology services for over 30 years.

EyeCare Partners Continues Growth with Bennett Optometry Partnership and Marks Entry into Michigan

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners LLC (ECP) said Tuesday it has expanded into its 11th state by partnering with Bennett Optometry, a leading two-location optometric practice in Ann Arbor, Mich., led by Dr. Steven Bennett. Bennett Optometry was founded in 1949 when the father of Dr. Steven Bennett, Dr. Herman Bennett, opened his first office in downtown Ann Arbor. In 2008, the practice transitioned from father to son. Dr. Steven Bennett has since led the practice through a period of consistent growth, including its recent expansion into a large second location in North Ann Arbor. The five-doctor practice is a full-scope medical optometric practice treating and managing a variety of ocular diseases and visual impairments.