PRISM Vision Group Completes Transaction With The Retina Group of Washington as it Expands in Mid-Atlantic Region

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:27 AM UNION, N.J.—PRISM Vision Group, a vertically integrated eyecare services organization operating in the Mid-Atlantic region, has completed its transaction with The Retina Group of Washington (RGW), the leading provider of retinal and macular care in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, according to an announcement late last week. RGW operates 17 eyecare locations throughout Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. RGW also is one of the largest group ophthalmology practices in the U.S., and the largest practice solely dedicated to retinal care, the announcement noted. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

EyeCare Partners Acquires Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center of Phoenix

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners (ECP), one of the leading optical retail groups in the U.S., has acquired Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center (Arizona Eye), a leading ophthalmology group based in the northwest Phoenix market. The deal, in which Physician Growth Partners (PGP) acted as adviser to Arizona Eye, was completed earlier this month, according to EyeCare Partners. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. EyeCare Partners is backed by the global investment firm Partners Group.

Nominations for ARVO and ARVO Foundation Awards to Open July 1

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Monday, June 29, 2020 12:18 AM ROCKVILLE, Md. —The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and ARVO Foundation for Eye Research announced the opening of nominations for their respective awards, including three new awards— the Genentech Career Development Award for Underrepresented Minority Emerging Vision Scientists, the Achievements in Eye and Vision Advocacy Award, and the Emerging Advocate Award—on July 1, 2020. The Genentech Career Development Award for Underrepresented Minority Emerging Vision Scientists will support an early-career emerging vision scientist with a two-year grant totaling $100,000 to promote the generation of promising preliminary research results.

Santen and Orbis Launch Telemedine Platform to Train ECPs

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Monday, June 22, 2020 12:30 AM OSAKA, Japan—Santen Pharmaceutical and Orbis International announced a partnership to develop a suite of digital training tools that will continue to help eyecare professionals around the world build their skills.

Time Is Running Out—Nominate an Influential Woman in Optical

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Friday, June 19, 2020 10:00 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue. But time is running out—the deadline to submit nominations is Friday, June 26. In addition to our four traditional categories, Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators, Vision Monday is adding a new category this year, Above & Beyond, aimed at women who have led the way in giving back to the industry, their patients and their communities. Make your nominations via this electronic survey form.

VM Extends Nominations Deadline for Most Influential Women in Optical

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday has extended the nominations deadline for The Most Influential Women in Optical to June 26. Vision Monday will once again be highlighting influential women and their accomplishments in our July issue. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form.

EyeSouth Expands Presence in Florida’s Palm Beach Area

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Thursday, June 4, 2020 10:09 AM ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners has completed an affiliation with Mitchell Refractive Surgery & Eye Center and The Optique (together referred to as Mitchell Refractive, according to an announcement this week. The affiliation represents EyeSouth’s fourth in the state of Florida and 17th overall.

Vision Group Holdings, Parent of TLC Laser Eye Center and Laser Vision Institute, Files for Bankruptcy, Expects Ownership Transition

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12:33 AM WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—LVI Intermediate and 17 of its affiliates, including the Laser Vision Institute and TLC Laser Eye Center brands, has filed for voluntary protection from creditors in Delaware under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The company does business as Vision Group Holdings and the bankruptcy filing was made late last week.

PE-Backed EyeSouth Partners Enters Sixth State With Coastal Eye Associates of Texas Affiliation

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12:27 AM ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners has completed an affiliation with Coastal Eye Associates  (CEA), which operates six primary clinical locations in the Greater Houston area, according to an announcement on Monday.

VM Adds New 'Above & Beyond' Category for VM’s 2020 Most Influential Women in Optical

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Friday, May 29, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue. In addition to our four traditional categories, Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators, Vision Monday is adding a new category this year, Above & Beyond, aimed at women who have led the way in giving back to the industry, their patients and their communities.

EyeCare Partners Reinstates All Services Along With New Health and Safety Guidelines for Staff and Patients

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Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:30 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners has resumed all services throughout its network of optometry and ophthalmology practices across the country to offer patients a safe way to receive preventive and routine vision care, according to an announcement this week.

Survey Examines Nationwide Impact and Response of Optometry Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—At considerable sacrifice, doctors of optometry continued to deliver emergency and urgent care during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, according to a new survey by the American Optometric Association’s Health Policy Institute (HPI).

Nominations Now Open for VM’s 2020 Most Influential Women in Optical; VM Adds New 'Above & Beyond' Category

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. In retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution and vision care and managed care, talented women are shaping the direction of the companies and organizations they work for, and, in many cases, lead. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form.  In addition to our four traditional categories, Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators, Vision Monday is adding a new category this year, Above & Beyond, aimed at women who have led the way in giving back to the industry, their patients and their communities.

Spectrum Vision Partners Updates Care Options in Response to COVID-19

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Monday, April 27, 2020 12:18 AM GARDEN CITY, N.Y.—Spectrum Vision Partners (SVP), announced last week that it will continue to monitor the progression of the coronavirus outbreak, and will modify its services to doctors as necessary. SVP said it has worked to “stage down operations and provide essential care out of a limited number of clinic offices” beginning March 18.

Bascom Palmer’s Research Designed to Find Targets for New Glaucoma Treatments

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Friday, April 17, 2020 12:18 AM MIAMI—To better understand a specific form of glaucoma, known as pseudoexfoliation glaucoma, researchers at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute are using cutting-edge metabolomic studies.