Eye Health America Acquires Two Medical Optometric Practices in Pee Dee Region of South Carolina

ATLANTA—Eye Health America (EHA), a leading eyecare practice management services organization in the Southeast, has acquired Dillon Eyecare Associates (DEA) and Pee Dee Eye Associates (PDEA), two “fabric of the community” optometry practices located in the Pee Dee region (between Columbia and Myrtle Beach) of South Carolina, according to an announcement this week. With locations in Dillon, Hartsville and Sumter, S.C., the DEA and PDEA practices are both “the go-to primary eyecare providers in their communities,” according to the announcement.

And, as strong medical optometric practices, they offer advanced eyecare to address a high level of pathology and have a well-established optical.

The two practices will continue to work closely with the surgeons at Carolinas Centers for Sight in coordinating shared care of surgical patients. These partnerships also allow Eye Health America to provide the full continuum of eyecare in the Pee Dee region, the firm stated.

The transactions—which include partnerships with McKethan “Mac” Gaddy, OD, and the DEA team, as well as a partnership with Troy Alexander, OD, Ted Newman, OD, and Stephen Flowers, OD, and the PDEA team—represent Eye Health America’s continued progress in achieving its growth imperatives, the management group noted. The terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

"With EHA’s breadth of knowledge and expertise in managing practices, this partnership will ensure that our patients have ongoing access to the latest technology and treatments possible," PDEA’s Dr. Alexander said. “We’re proud to work with the respected community of physicians and surgeons at Carolinas Centers for Sight and Clemson Eye to deliver the highest quality of patient care."

Eye Health America’s overall strategy involves partnering with best-in-class eyecare providers to deliver excellent outcomes and integrated eyecare.

The partnership with DEA and PDEA pushes forward Eye Health America’s goal to build a network of top eyecare practices and ambulatory surgical centers across the Southeast.

"Pee Dee Eye Associates and Dillon Eye Care are both excellent, growing optometric practices who are closely aligned with Carolinas Centers for Sight in Florence, S.C., one of EHA’s member practices,” Mary Lou Parisi a co-chief executive officer of Eye Health America, said in the announcement. “We look forward to ensuring all of our providers have the advanced tools and business acumen they need to focus on what they do best—caring for patients.”

Eye Health America was formed in 2018 by LLR Partners, a lower middle market private equity firm, and is led by an experienced team of industry veterans that includes the co-chief executives Parisi and John Swencki, chief medical officer Cathleen McCabe and chief development officer Philip Isham, among others.