Acuity Eyecare Group Acquires Carlsson Family Eye Center Near Phoenix

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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.

Carlsson Family Eye Center was founded in 2006 by Dr. Chad Carlsson, OD. Known for exceptional family eyecare, Carlsson Family Eye Center combines next-generation medical technology with extraordinary service to deliver a unique, personalized eyecare experience. The practice offers comprehensive eye exams, Ortho-K and scleral lens fittings, as well as a wide selection of quality eyewear and contacts, according to the Acuity announcement.

“We are thrilled that Carlsson Family Eye Center has joined our growing Acuity family,” Acuity chief executive officer Eric Anderson said in the announcement. “They are a terrific fit with our AEG team as a respected local eyecare practice serving its community. Carlsson Family Eye Center has an excellent reputation for providing superior patient care and a personalized eyecare experience.”

Acuity vice president of corporate development Bret Davis said the addition of Carlsson Family Eye Center will build on the firm’s “strong presence in the Phoenix market as it is very complementary to our 20/20 Image Eye Centers. “We look forward to sharing more news in the near future as our growth momentum continues with key acquisitions across the U.S.”

In addition to the practices under its ownership, Acuity operates a large, full-service digital lab operation, First Look Lab, outside of St. Louis. Acuity expects to expand to more than 150 locations by early 2020, the announcement noted.

In connection with the Carlsson transaction, Jason Preator of Kavanagh Consulting represented and advised Dr. Carlsson and Carlsson Family Eye Center throughout the process.