Nominations Now Open for VM’s 2021 Most Influential Women in Optical

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Friday, May 7, 2021 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, marking the 19th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry.

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

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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.

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.

Prevent Blindness Announces Recipients of 2021 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health, and Rising Visionary Award

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:18 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has announced the recipient of the “2021 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health,” as R.V. Paul Chan, MD, MSc, MBA, FACS, professor and head, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The John H. Panton, MD professor of ophthalmology, director, Pediatric Retina and ROP Service at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

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.

Advantage Healthcare Consulting and Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA) Announce Strategic Partnership to Optimize Ophthalmology Practice Performance

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Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:18 AM RICHARDSON, Texas and BOCA RATON, Fla.—Advantage Healthcare Consulting, a leading management consulting firm servicing ophthalmologists and other medical specialties, and Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA), the ophthalmic purchasing and business solutions partner for more than 10,000 independent ECPs, have announced the formation of a new strategic partnership.

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.

Nanodropper Completes $1.4 Million Seed Funding Round

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Monday, April 26, 2021 12:18 AM ROCHESTER, Minn.—Nanodropper, Inc., a medical device company offering a first-of-its-kind eyedrop bottle adaptor that reduces eyedrop size, recently completed a $1.4 million seed round.

Midwest Vision Partners Announces Partnerships With Premier Ophthalmology Groups in Greater Detroit

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Friday, April 23, 2021 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Midwest Vision Partners, an eyecare management services organization backed by private equity, has announced new partnerships with Grosinger, Spigelman, & Grey (GSG); Cataract & Eye Consultants of Michigan (CECOM); and the Eye Surgery Center Of Michigan (ESCM).

Haag-Streit Surgical Chair Receives Red Dot Award

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:15 AM MASON, Ohio–Haag-Streit USA, a leading manufacturer of equipment for the ophthalmic industry, announced that their CO:RE surgical chair, conceived by the product design studio Zukun Plan, has won the Red Dot Award for Product Design 2021. Recognized as one of the international design world’s most prestigious honors, the Red Dot Awards have been presented by Germany’s Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen since 1955. “More companies and design studios have entered this year than ever before,” said Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot. “We received more than 6,500 entries from 60 countries.”

Katena Products Announces the Acquisition of ASICO

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Friday, April 16, 2021 12:15 AM PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Katena Products, Inc., a leading global provider of premium ophthalmic instruments, biologics, and devices to hospitals, surgical centers, and ophthalmic and optometric offices announces the purchase of ASICO, LLC. ASICO, based in Westmont, Ill., has been an industry leader for over 35 years, providing high-quality ophthalmic surgical instruments, with special focus on the design of new products and technologies. ASICO’s product range encompasses over 1,500 items including stainless steel and titanium instruments, single-use cannulas and blades, and selection of diamond knives.

Sight Growth Partners Expands its Management Services into New Jersey

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Friday, April 9, 2021 12:21 AM HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—Sight Growth Partners, the administrative services provider for SightMD—a leading multi-specialty ophthalmology platform in New York—said this week that it has expanded into the state of New Jersey as part of a merger involving four leading ophthalmology practices in Ocean County, N.J. The four practices are: Athwal Eye Associates, Lakhani Eye Associates, Shore Eye Associates, and Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates. The terms of the merger transaction were not disclosed. The four practices have merged under the name of SightMD New Jersey, the announcement noted. Sight Growth Partners, which will provide the new group administrative services, will expand its reach to more than 50 locations and more than providers upon the deal’s completion.

Second Sight Names Scott Dunbar Acting CEO

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Monday, April 5, 2021 12:15 AM LOS ANGELES—Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ: EYES), a leading developer and marketer of implantable visual prosthetics for blind individuals, announced that the company’s board of directors has named Scott Dunbar to replace Matthew Pfeffer as acting chief executive officer. Under Nasdaq rules, an independent director may temporarily be named acting CEO, but such service cannot continue for more than one year. Accordingly, Pfeffer has relinquished the role of acting CEO but will remain on the board as an independent director.