Advisory Resources For Physicians

Private Equity in Optometry - Our Predictions for 2019

PhysiciansFirst expects several key developments in 2019. By the end of this year, we anticipate increased acquisition momentum – both from new entrants and existing companies as they grow and enter new geographies. At the same time, some of the current investor pool (particularly in ophthalmology) will merge. Companies that have been unable to grow at their desired pace will likely combine with larger, more successful enterprises. 

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PE in Optometry - Spotlight on EyeCare Partners




ABOUT THE COMPANY

EyeCare Partners is the only major optometric practice management company that is also investing in ophthalmology practices. The company was founded with FFL Partners’ initial 2015 investment in Clarkson EyeCare, a large optometry/ophthalmology practice in St. Louis, MO. Since then, EyeCare Partners has grown quickly and acquired additional platforms and practices in ophthalmology and optometry.

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PE in Optometry - Spotlight on Total ECP




ABOUT THE COMPANY

Total Eye Care Partners was founded in 2017 by a group of individuals with operational and investment experience in optometry and elsewhere in healthcare practice management. With financial backing from Imperial Capital (private equity based in Toronto, Canada), the group acquired its first practice – Gaddie Eye Centers of Louisville, KY.

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PE in Optometry - Spotlight on MyEyeDr.




ABOUT THE COMPANY

MrEyeDr. was founded in 2001 by a group of optometrists and the group’s current CEO, Sue Healey Downes. Dr. Robert Samit had achieved prior success with his Hour Eyes group (sold to Eye Care Centers of America in 1997) and Millenium Laser Eye Centers (sold to TLC). The group approached MyEyeDr. as a different kind of business that was more doctor-driven.

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PE in Optometry - Spotlight on Acuity Eyecare Group




ABOUT THE COMPANY

Acuity Eyecare Group was formed in March of 2017 with the concurrent acquisitions of Crown Vision Center, Eyetique, and International Eyecare Center (“IEC”) by Riata Capital Group, a middle market private equity firm. Those three acquisitions allowed the company to begin operations with 61 locations across five states.

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Private Equity Investor ShoreView Industries Enters Ophthalmology, Acquires California Retina Associates

Minneapolis-based ShoreView becomes the latest private equity investor in ophthalmology practices and surgery centers.

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Omni Eye Services Acquires Corneal Associates of New Jersey

Corneal Associates of New Jersey, a two-physician group led by Dr. Theodore Perl, has joined NMS Capital-backed Omni Ophthalmic Management Consultants a/k/a Omni Eye Services

Mergers and acquisitions activity in ophthalmology continues to accelerate across the country as private equity-backed platforms like Omni acquire small and medium practices. This recent acquisition in New Jersey is an excellent growth avenue for Omni, and an opportunity for Dr. Perl and his team to enjoy the benefits of a larger, PE-backed organization.

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PE in Ophthalmology - Spotlight on Unifeye Vision Partners

 
ABOUT THE COMPANY

Unifeye Vision Partners was formed to partner with leading eye care providers in targeted markets throughout the United States. The company provides management and support services to ophthalmology and optometry practices, as well as single-specialty eye surgery centers. UVP operates through a network of 51 providers, eleven clinical locations and five ambulatory surgery centers.

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PE in Ophthalmology - Spotlight on OMNI Ophthamic Management Consultants

 
ABOUT THE COMPANY

OMNI Ophthalmic Management Consultants is an optometric referral practice providing a full range of specialty services for the advanced treatment of eye diseases, based in Iselin, NJ. Omni, by design, offers no primary care optometric services, but promotes a partnership between optometry and ophthalmology to deliver exceptional vision care.

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PE in Ophthalmology - Spotlight on NVISION Eye Centers


ABOUT THE COMPANY


NVISION Eye Centers is the premier provider of LASIK and cataract surgery in the U.S., with centers in California, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona and Toronto, Canada. An innovative leader in ophthalmology, NVISION is dedicated to providing the best patient experience through the use of the latest technology and treatment by the most talented and experienced surgeons in the industry.

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