American Vision Partners Adds Arizona’s Aiello Eye Institute to its Expanding Organization

By Staff
Friday, May 7, 2021 12:18 AM PHOENIX—American Vision Partners (AVP), a leading and rapidly growing eyecare practice management organization, has announced a new partnership with Aiello Eye Institute in Yuma, Ariz.

VSP Ventures Announces Two New Practice Partnership Acquisitions: El Cerrito Optometry and Laguna Creek Optometry

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures announced Wednesday the acquisitions of El Cerrito Optometry and Laguna Creek Optometry, each of which operates one location in El Cerrito, Calif., and Elk Grove, Calif., respectively.

Midwest Vision Partners Announces Partnership With Balian Eye Center as it Expands to 50-Plus Locations

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:24 AM CHICAGO and ROCHESTER, Mich.—Midwest Vision Partners (MVP) said Monday that it has agreed to a management partnership with Balian Eye Center (BEC), which serves patients in southeast Michigan. This represents MVP’s 12th partnership in eyecare and broadens its network to 115 physicians, 52 locations and more than 1,200 staff across Michigan and Ohio, according to the Midwest Vision Partners’ announcement.

Rx Optical Will Partner With MyEyeDr.

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Monday, May 3, 2021 3:15 PM VIENNA, Va.–Rx Optical, with 54 locations across Michigan and Indiana, announced today that it is partnering with the MyEyeDr. family of practices. The deal will bring the total MyEyeDr. office count to 731 over 26 states and the District of Columbia. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. The partnership further solidifies the presence of MyEyeDr. in the Midwest. Since partnering with Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking in 2019, MyEyeDr. has added 185 offices to its list of optometric practices focused on the vision healthcare needs of a diverse patient base across the country, the company said.

Bausch Health May Consider Potential Sale of the Bausch + Lomb Eyecare Business, According to Report

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Friday, April 30, 2021 12:39 AM Bausch Health may sell B+L eyecare biz, Eye Health America continues Southeast expansion, optical sales continue to decline, Jobson Tracker says, EssilorLuxottica to exhibit at Expo as fully integrated company and more than 200 exhibitors commit to Vision Expo East all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Bausch Health May Consider Potential Sale of the Bausch + Lomb Eyecare Business, According to Report

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Friday, April 30, 2021 12:36 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Bausch Health Companies (NYSE/TSX: BHC) is weighing the potential sale of its Bausch + Lomb eyecare business, rather than spinning off the business to shareholders as the company planned, according to a Bloomberg report earlier this week. The news service cited “people with knowledge of the matter” as the origin of its report. Bausch Health declined comment on the report, a spokeswoman told VMAIL.

Eye Health America Continues Southeast Expansion as it Partners With the Eye Care Center in Upstate South Carolina

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Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:24 AM GREENVILLE, S.C.—Eye Health America (EHA), a leading eyecare practice management organization in the Southeast, has announced a new partnership with Drs. William Milford and Marion K. Williams of The Eye Care Center, an established, full-service optometric practice with locations in Anderson, Piedmont, and Williamston, S.C.

Midwest Vision Partners Announces Partnership With Eye Centers of Ohio as it Expands to 51 Locations

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Midwest Vision Partners (MVP) has announced a new partnership with Eye Centers of Ohio (ECO), which is based in Canton, Ohio. The terms of the partnership transaction were not disclosed.

Omni Ophthalmic Announces Partnership With Erie Retinal Surgery, its Seventh Eyecare Partnership

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12:18 AM ISELIN, N.J.—Omni Ophthalmic Management Consultants, a portfolio company of NMS Capital (NMS), has announced a new strategic partnership with Erie Retinal Surgery, a market-leading regional provider of medical-surgical retinal services in Western Pennsylvania.

After a Pause in Mid-2020, Dealmaking Rebounds in Eyecare

By Mark Tosh
Sunday, April 25, 2021 11:00 AM NEW YORK—The challenges of 2020, for the most past, continue to drag on this year for most business sectors, including eyecare and optical retail. These challenges include recovering lost sales and patients, reduced appointment slots for many practices and the additional expense of PPE supplies and other safety measures that have become commonplace.

EyeCare Partners Finishes 2020 With a Flurry of Practice Additions

By Mark Tosh
Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:59 AM ST. LOUIS—Amid the challenges of COVID-19, some businesses found themselves so consumed with responding to these new external challenges that they overlooked the internal struggles faced by people within their own organization. EyeCare Partners, a leading network of integrated ophthalmology and optometry providers, saw this need and moved quickly to find ways to care for its own team members while they were themselves caring for ECP’s patients.

MyEyeDr. Sees the ‘Silver Linings’ of Managing Through 2020

By Mark Tosh
Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:58 AM VIENNA, Va.—It’s a cliché, of course, but still it’s often said that what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. Some will say this is how they look at the ups and downs of 2020 and the way it roiled the eyecare sector with practice closings, PPE requirements and new in-office protocols for patients, among other challenges. But putting this “down time” to productive use has prepared many groups for a strong recovery.

Medical Model Helps Keplr Recover from the Pandemic as it Eyes the Future

By Mark Tosh
Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:57 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Things are beginning to feel more like normal to Nick Williams, chief executive of Keplr Vision, the management group formed in 2019 just nine months before COVID-19 upended what normal looked like. And this is not just because the Keplr Vision practices have been showing positive trends for months or that the rollout of vaccines has gained momentum across most of the country.

AEG Vision Used Downtime to Prepare for 2020’s Strong Finish

By Mark Tosh
Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:56 AM DALLAS—Despite being almost totally shut down for a few weeks in 2020—and yet keeping its entire staff on board and involved in some way—AEG Vision finished the challenging year at or near the targets set way back in 2019, and has rolled into 2021 with continuing momentum, according to chief executive Eric Anderson.

VSP Ventures Creates Patient-First Alternative for Indy ODs

By Mark Tosh
Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:55 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—The sentiment at VSP Ventures is that it’s a busy period, but it’s a good kind of busy, with ongoing efforts to help the practices now under its operating umbrella continue their recovery from COVID-19’s impact while working with prospective ODs who want to become new Ventures practices. This combination produced a busy fourth quarter for VSP Ventures, a unit of VSP Global, and expectations of an active year on the partnership front in 2021.