Latest News Ascend Vision Partners Joins Forces With Thurmond Eye Associates in the Rio Grande Valley and Makes Entry into Texas Market By Staff Friday, August 18, 2023 12:18 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Ascend Vision Partners (AVP), a leading provider of business services for eyecare practices across the southeastern U.S., formed a strategic partnership with Thurmond Eye Associates, a renowned ophthalmology group serving the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. This collaboration marks AVP's entry into the Texas eyecare market, the announcement noted. AVP's extensive network, spanning 30 practices across the Southeast, including 15 optical centers and a team of 42 physicians (30 MDs and 12 ODs), has united with Thurmond Eye Associates’ established reputation, creating a powerful force for positive impact in eyecare throughout the Rio Grande Valley.Chad Tomlinson, chief growth officer at Ascend Vision Partners, said, "Our collaboration with Thurmond Eye not only strengthens AVP's presence, but also marks a significant milestone as we extend our reach to the great state of Texas.”Thurmond Eye Associates, led by partner Wade A. Graham, MD, has been a cornerstone of exceptional eyecare in the Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Graham stated, "Joining forces with Ascend Vision Partners is a significant step for Thurmond Eye. By aligning our strengths and resources, we are poised to deliver even higher levels of care, innovation and service to our patients. Together with AVP, we're embarking on a journey to shape the future of eyecare in Texas,” Dr. Graham said.Established in 2022, Ascend Vision Partners delivers custom business solutions for eyecare professionals, allowing ophthalmologists and optometrists to focus entirely on patient care. Ascend is backed by Chicago Pacific Founders, a leading strategic private equity firm investing in growth companies within health care services, value-based care and caring for aging populations.