EyeCare Partners Completes Two Acquisitions and Expands into Alabama, Kentucky

By Staff
Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:30 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners LLC (ECP), a growing management group operating vision care practices primarily in the Midwest, reported this week that it has expanded into the Alabama ophthalmology market with the acquisition of Alabama Vision Center, a Birmingham-based ophthalmology practice. The practice is led by Price Kloess, MD, Andrew Velazquez, MD, Andrew Bartlett, MD, and Holly Young, OD, and also operates a second location in Hoover, Ala. In a separate transaction, ECP reported that it has taken its first steps into the Kentucky ophthalmology market with the acquisition of The Ophthalmology Group, a Paducah, Ky.-based practice of Mark Gillespie, MD, Landen Meeks, MD, Jeffery Taylor, MD, and Carl Baker, MD.

MyEyeDr. Practices in Washington, D.C., Area Raise Funds for Children’s National Hospital

By dba Staff
Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:45 AM VIENNA, Va.—The 54 MyEyeDr. offices in the Washington, D.C., metro area raised $14,367 for the Children’s National Hospital through its Make March Matter campaign by donating $1 for every retinal photo taken throughout the month of March. “For the 14,367 patients who opted to have a retinal exam in March, we’d like to think this is the best selfie they’ve ever taken,” MyEyeDr. chief executive officer Sue Downes said in an announcement about the fund-raising effort. “Not only did this initiative encourage our patients to make time for their eye health, but simultaneously support children in need.” 

Hong Kong-Based Eyewear Firm Mujosh Makes U.S. Debut With Three California Stores

By dba Staff
Friday, April 13, 2018 12:15 PM HONG KONG—Mujosh, a fashion-focused eyewear brand based here, made its initial move into the U.S. market with the opening of new stores in the San Francisco and Los Angeles markets. The new stores are located at the Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton, the Westfield in San Francisco, and the Glendale Galleria in Glendale. The openings occurred in late February and March, according to an announcement by the company.

Eyemart Express Donates 1,100 Eyeglasses to Cedar Springs Vision Nonprofit

By dba Staff
Friday, April 13, 2018 12:10 PM DALLAS—National eyewear retailer Eyemart Express donated more than 1,100 eyeglasses to Cedar Springs Vision, a Dallas-based nonprofit that provides vision and eyecare to those who could not otherwise afford it. "We are delighted to assist in providing a healthier quality of life through better eyesight with our eyewear and Cedar Springs Vision," said Teresa Mason, Eyemart Express director of product merchandising. "The ability to see clearly should not be a right determined by economic status."

One Last Extension for 2018 VM's Top 50 Optical Retailers' Submissions

By dba Staff
Friday, April 13, 2018 12:05 PM NEW YORK— Is your business a candidate to be among Vision Monday’s Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers? VM is issuing one last deadline extension for submissions to its annual survey of optical retailers across the U.S. for inclusion in the 2018 Top U.S. Optical Retailers report. Results from the survey will be published in the May 2018 digital and print issue of Vision Monday. This survey is being sent to chief executives of retail operations, both chain and independent. The survey, and the 2018 Top U.S. Optical Retailers report, will be based upon revenues for the calendar year that ended Dec. 31, 2017.

Acuity Eyecare Adds OD Offices in Denver, Phoenix Markets and Names New CEO

By Staff
Thursday, March 22, 2018 10:15 AM DALLAS—Riata Capital Group announced earlier this month that its portfolio company Acuity Eyecare Group has acquired two regional eyecare groups: One Hour Optical of Denver and 20/20 Image Eye Centers, which is based in the Phoenix market. One Hour Optical operates four full-service locations, including in the cities of Denver, Aurora, Greenwood Village and Thornton, Colo., and one location in the Denver Health Hospital. 20/20 Image Eye Centers has five full-service locations, including offices in Fountain Hills, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale and Chandler, Ariz.

EyeCare Partners on Track for 275 Locations by End of 2018

By Staff
Thursday, March 22, 2018 10:10 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners LLC, a growing network of full scope medical optometry and ophthalmology practices, reports that the group, backed by private equity firm FFL Partners, has been continuing on its acquisition path and projects it will reach 275 locations by the end of 2018. EyeCare Partners (ECP) has successfully acquired and integrated more than 240 optometry and ophthalmology practices over the past three years, the company pointed out, throughout the Midwest, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Vision Monday reported on the company’s formation and previous acquisitions in May 2017. 

The Prevalence of Mobile Devices Among Consumers Drives a Shift in Retail Marketing

By dba Staff
Thursday, March 22, 2018 10:05 AM AUSTIN, Texas—The mobile device has become a key element of many consumers’ path to purchase, and retail marketers are adapting their strategies to adjust to this ongoing consumer shift. One result is that retailer marketers expect to pump more money into their marketing budgets this year as they tap into a wide array of media to reach their target customers, according to a recent report by RetailMeNot Inc.

Eyemart Express Names Bender to Succeed Barnes as Chief Executive Officer

By dba Staff
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 12:15 PM DALLAS—Eyemart Express here has named former Walmart executive Michael J. Bender as president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Doug Barnes Jr., the former chief executive officer of the optical retailer, is now serving as the chairman of Eyemart Express, according to a recent announcement.

Growth of Smaller-Format Retail Stores Expected to Continue Growth Trend

By dba Staff
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 12:10 PM ADDISON, Texas—One of the top trends in retail today is a move to smaller-store formats, with big retailers such as Target among the companies that are downsizing their store footprints in a move to be more consumer friendly, according to a recent report from the firm Koupon Media.

VM Summit Panelists to Probe Telehealth’s Disruption and Opportunities

By Staff
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 12:05 PM NEW YORK—Telehealth’s disruptive influence on vision care and the opportunities it offers for enhancing patient care and increasing practice growth will be explored in a special session at the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, “Tackling Disruption: The Telehealth Frontier.” The session will feature telehealth experts, leading providers, eyecare professionals and optical retailers.

Transitions’ Innovation Awards Presented to Costco, Greiche & Scaff as Retailers of the Year

By dba Staff
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:15 AM ORLANDO—Transitions Optical wrapped up its 2018 Academy meeting here earlier this month with the presentation of its Transitions Innovation Awards to leading optical retailers, ECPs and optical networks. Among the award-winners, Costco Optical received the Innovation Award as the 2017 U.S. Retailer of the Year, while Greiche & Scaff was honored with the award for Canadian Retailer of the Year. The awards were presented during a recognition event on Feb. 13.

America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses Releases Monster Jam Kids’ Frame Line

By dba Staff
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:10 AM DULUTH, Ga.—America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, a retail brand of National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) announced the launch of an exclusive new collection of Monster Jam frames for kids. “Through our partnership with Monster Jam, we are thrilled to offer our customers access to another affordable, high-quality and fashionable eyewear line,” said Megan Molony, senior vice president of merchandising for National Vision Holdings, Inc. “We are excited to be able to enhance our frame selection for our littlest customers with this exclusive collection of new fun and colorful frames at our most economical price point—something every parent can appreciate.”

VM Summit Expands Telehealth Session With New Topics and Speakers

By dba Staff
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:05 AM NEW YORK—The rapid rise of telehealth and its growing impact on vision care will be the focus of a special session at the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, “Tackling Disruption: The Telehealth Frontier.” The session, which will feature telehealth experts, leading providers, eyecare professionals and optical retailers, will help Summit attendees increase their understanding of telehealth and examine the decision making process surrounding it. It will also illustrate how health care and business leaders are grappling with a complex and challenging trend that is reshaping relationships between doctors and patients and fundamentally changing the delivery of health care services and diagnoses.

My Eyelab’s Path to Success Begins with ‘Easy Eyecare’ Solutions

By Mark Tosh

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 3:00 PM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—A focus on making the eyecare experience simple for the patient/customer has been one of the keys to the success of My Eyelab and Stanton Optical, according to Daniel Stanton, a co-founder of both optical retailers.
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