US Eye Practice Network Expands into North Carolina

US Eye has expanded into North Carolina with the addition of Albemarle Eye Center and Precision Eye Care (AEC-PEC) to its network. AEC-PEC is a comprehensive ophthalmology practice offering LASIK, laser cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, comprehensive eye exams and oculoplastic services. The practice is led by Dr. Jitendra Swarup, cataract surgeon, and he is joined by two ophthalmologists and five optometrists in the practice’s six locations. US Eye is a physician-led network of patient-centric practices. The addition of Albemarle Eye Center and Precision Eye Care bring the total number of US Eye practice locations to 50 across the United States.

Griffey Eye Care, Center for Visual Surgical Excellence Join US Eye

Griffey Eye Care and Laser Center, in addition to its affiliated surgical facility, the Center for Visual Surgical Excellence, has joined the US Eye network of premium eye care practices. Griffey Eye Care and Laser Center was founded by Dr. Paul Griffey and Dr. Leland Whitlock in 2003, and they were later joined by ophthalmologist Dr. Peter Mitrev and optometric physician, Dr. Robert Fox. The Center for Visual Surgical Excellence was launched by Dr. Griffey in 2020 through a partnership with Dr. Jitendra Swarup of Albemarle Eye Center, located in northern North Carolina, to better serve the community’s surgical eye care needs.

Sungate Cataract, LASIK and Vision Center Joins US Eye Network

Sungate Cataract, LASIK and Vision Center, one of the Lowcountry’s leading multi-specialty ophthalmology groups, has partnered with US Eye. Through the US Eye partnership, Sungate will be affiliated with Carolina Eyecare Physicians, a multi-specialty, multi-location ophthalmology practice based out of Charleston, SC. US Eye is owned by its partner practices and is backed by Pamlico Capital, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based firm investing in founder-owned businesses for over 30 years.

Retina Consultants of America Continues Growth by Adding Rockland Retina

Retina Consultants of America (“RCA”), a comprehensive physician management services organization, welcomes Rockland Retina to its growing consortium of leading retina specialists across the United States. With the addition of Rockland Retina, RCA adds a key partner in the New York City area and a regional partner to Vitreoretinal Consultants of Long Island. “Vitreoretinal Consultants of New York is pleased to announce its expansion by way of partnership with Dr. Louis Maisel at Rockland Retina. Partnership with Dr. Maisel broadens VRC’s state-of-the-art retina care and clinical research studies to the patients and eyecare professionals of Rockland County,” said Brett Rosenblatt, MD, Vitreoretinal Consultants.

Vision Innovation Partners Completes 19th Acquisition, Adds Western Pennsylvania Practice and Ambulatory Surgery Center to Mid-Atlantic Platform

Vision Innovation Partners, a leading eye care platform, today announced that it has acquired Ophthalmic Associates, a provider of integrated eye care services with five locations in Western Pennsylvania. The acquisition enhances Vision Innovation Partners’ significant presence in Pennsylvania and further strengthens its growing network of ophthalmology practices and ambulatory surgery centers in the Mid-Atlantic region. “Ophthalmic Associates’ longstanding reputation, accomplished team members and commitment to high quality clinical care makes them a perfect partner for our growing platform,” said Vision Innovation Partners Chief Executive Officer Michael Dunn.

Sentinel Makes Strategic Investment in Midwest Eye Consultants

Sentinel Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in promising companies at the lower end of the midmarket, today announced a new partnership with Midwest Eye Consultants (“Midwest Eye”), a management service provider to eye care practices in Indiana and northwest Ohio. Midwest Eye’s affiliated optometry and ophthalmology practices provide patients a full spectrum of eye care, including primary care, surgical services, LASIK, and prescription eyewear. As of the closing, these practices operated in 54 locations, primarily in rural and secondary markets, and employed more than 74 healthcare specialists. Since its inception, Midwest Eye has completed 43 acquisitions.

Retina Consultants of America Announces Addition of Tennessee Retina

Retina Consultants of America (“RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, welcomes another leading retina group, Tennessee Retina. The addition of Tennessee Retina marks RCA’s first entry into Tennessee and the surrounding region. Tennessee Retina is the largest and most established retina practice in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky, with nine locations that include Nashville, Bowling Green, and Crossville. The physicians of Tennessee Retina are active in local, national, and international ophthalmologic and vitreoretinal professional societies and have authored more than 325 papers, books, and scientific articles.

EyeSouth Partners Affiliates with Eye Center of St. Augustine, Representing the Network’s 25th Affiliation and 6th Practice in Florida

EyeSouth Partners (“EyeSouth” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has completed an affiliation with Eye Center of St. Augustine (“ECSA”). The affiliation represents EyeSouth’s sixth in the state of Florida and twenty-fifth affiliation overall. EyeSouth is an eye care-focused management services organization backed by Shore Capital Partners, committed to partnering with leading physicians to build a premier network of eye care services in the U.S. Eye Center of St. Augustine has been serving Northeast Florida for nearly 50 years, led by the physician team of Dr. Paul “Trei” Hund, Dr. Todd Thompson and Dr. Russell Nelligan.

Outlook for Ophthalmology in 5 Years

Ophthalmologists expect to see a large growth in new technology and surgical offerings, recruitment challenges and continued consolidation of practices over the next five years. Here, three ophthalmologists share their industry predictions with Becker’s ASC Review.

Eye Health America Acquires Nielsen Eye Center

Eye Health America (EHA) is proud to announce the acquisition of Nielsen Eye Center. Nielsen Eye Center is joining Updegraff Laser Vision to expand Eye Health America’s continuum of patient care in the Tampa Bay area. Nielsen Eye Center has two offices; both locations will be rebranded as Updegraff Laser Vision offices. EHA has seen substantial growth in the past three years, and now includes 30 locations, six ambulatory surgical centers, and more than 800 employees.