California’s Total Vision Adds Camarillo Vision Center to its Network

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 12:24 AM MISSION VIEJO, Calif.—Total Vision this week announced the addition of Camarillo Vision Center in Southern California to its network.

KKR-Backed Covenant Physician Partners Sets New Partnership With Marietta Eye Clinic

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Monday, July 19, 2021 12:21 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Atlanta’s Marietta Eye Clinic (MEC) has agreed to a new partnership deal with Covenant Physician Partners (Covenant), a Nashville-based portfolio company of KKR. MEC is a vertically integrated, multi-specialty eyecare platform providing comprehensive vision care services to patients in the Atlanta metro market, according to a recent announcement. The company has an expansive provider base, consisting of 32 ophthalmologists and optometrists, practicing out of 10 clinical locations and a surgery center. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

US Eye Expands Footprint Across Southeast with New Locations in Florida, South Carolina

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021 12:18 AM SARASOTA, Fla.—US Eye, a physician-led eyecare network of practices, has expanded its footprint to include 32 clinics and three surgery centers across Florida and South Carolina, according to a recent announcement.

VSP Ventures and Ohio-Based Optometric Management Group Form Joint Venture to Bring a 'Transition Option' to Ohio ECPs

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures and Optometric Management Group (OMG), which is composed of eight Ohio eyecare practice locations, announced the creation of a joint venture formed “from a shared mission to support private optometry practices across Ohio.”

Retina Consultants of America Continues Growth in Minnesota

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Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:27 AM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, has added the 12th practice under its management group.

EY US Announces Nick Williams of Keplr Vision as an Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 Midwest Award Finalist

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Monday, June 14, 2021 12:21 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) has announced that Nick Williams, chief executive officer of Keplr Vision, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 Midwest Award finalist.

EyeSouth Partners Expands Network in North Georgia via Addition of Two Independent Physicians

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:30 AM ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners has announced the addition of Dr. John Forrest of Forrest Eye Centers based in Gainesville, Ga., and Dr. Thomas Edwards of Advanced Vision, based in Decatur, Ga., to its operating group.

Retina Consultants of America Continues Growth in Texas With Addition of Retinal Consultants of San Antonio

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 12:24 AM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, has added an 11th practice to its organization, Retinal Consultants of San Antonio.

Continuing Its Growth, Keplr Vision Reports 43 New Partnerships Added in 2021’s First Half

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:27 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Encouraged by the strong operational performance of its growing portfolio of practices, Keplr Vision has announced the addition of 43 partnerships in the first half of 2021, with 10 of the practices located in Washington state and six in New Mexico. The addition of these new practice organizations increases the Keplr Vision management portfolio to more than 230 locations across more than 30 states, the firm’s announcement late last week noted.

Clear Sight Partners Appoints Tina Farrell to Executive Management Team

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Friday, May 28, 2021 12:30 AM Clear Sight Partners names VP of retail operations, acquisition of New Look Vision is completed, Prevent Blindness to host Eye Health Summit, U.S. optical sales show vast improvement over 2020 and Zeiss Vision Care moves HQ to Kentucky all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Clear Sight Partners Appoints Tina Farrell to Executive Management Team

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Friday, May 28, 2021 12:27 AM TAMPA, Fla.—The newly formed managed services organization Clear Sight Partners (CSP) recently appointed Tina Farrell to the executive management team as vice president of optical retail operations. The move comes only five months after private equity firm Spanos Barber Jesse & Co. (SBJ) announced that it had completed a partnership that included five existing vision care practices with 16 locations, some operating in the area for more than 35 years. VMAIL reported on the formation of Clear Sight Partners in January, and the deal marked SBJ’s entry into the optical sector.

FFL Partners and CDPQ Complete Planned Acquisition of New Look Vision

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Thursday, May 27, 2021 10:06 AM MONTREAL—New Look Vision Group Inc. (TSX: BCI.TO) today announced the completion of the transaction under which FFL Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global investment group, and the Dr. H. Doug Barnes Family have acquired all of the outstanding Class A common shares of the company for $50 in cash per share, other than certain shares held by certain shareholders who received, in respect of such shares, consideration consisting of common shares of the purchaser.

EyeSouth Partners Continues Expansion in South Florida Through Affiliation With Retina Care Specialists

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Thursday, May 20, 2021 12:33 AM ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners has completed an affiliation with Retina Care Specialists (RCS) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The affiliation represents EyeSouth’s fifth in the state of Florida and 24 affiliation overall. RCS operates three locations in the South Florida region. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. EyeSouth is an eyecare-focused management services organization backed by Shore Capital Partners.

Shopko Optical Welcomes Vice President of Strategic Development Cameron Weiner to Leadership Team

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021 12:27 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, which recently surpassed 100 standalone locations, has named Cameron Weiner to its leadership team as vice president of strategic development.

New Look Vision Group’s Shareholders Vote Overwhelmingly in Favor of Sale to Investor Groups Led by FFL Partners

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Monday, May 17, 2021 12:24 AM MONTREAL—New Look Vision Group Inc. announced Friday that its shareholders voted to approve a proposed deal that will have three investor groups take the Canadian optical retail company private. In its statement, New Look Vision referred to the results of the vote at the special meeting of the shareholders as a “positive outcome.” The vote was in favor of the previously announced plan for NL1 AcquireCo Inc. to take ownership of New Look Vision, which operates 407 locations, primarily in Canada.