In Fourth ‘Partnership’ This Month, Blue Sky Vision Adds Optometrists of Lansing to Portfolio


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Blue Sky Vision, which provides a menu of management services to eyecare practices, announced today (Aug. 28) that it has reached a partnership agreement with Optometrists of Lansing, which has been serving the greater Lansing, Mich., area for more than 50 years. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Optometrists of Lansing provides a wide range of services, including comprehensive eyecare, specialty contact lens fittings, sports vision services, low vision rehabilitation and treatment of eye injuries and diseases, according to the announcement.

This is the fourth partnership transaction Blue Sky Vision, a unit of the investment group Sterling Partners, has announced this month. VMAIL reported on the previous partnership deal with VisionCare Associates of East Lansing here.

A Blue Sky Vision spokesman has described the transactions as majority partnerships under the Blue Sky umbrella.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity and look forward to what lies ahead,” Dr. Richard Carrigan, a partner and optometrist at Optometrists of Lansing, said in the announcement. “This new partnership allows us to expand our patients' access to exceptional eye care services, which is what we’re excited about the most.”

Optometrists of Lansing has nearly 2,000 frames and also stocks most major brands of rigid and soft contact lenses, including those for astigmatism, bifocal contacts, and Scleral contact lenses for diseased corneas.

“Drs. Carrigan, [Samuel] Estes and [Paul] Kennedy pride themselves in building lasting relationships with patients, many of which span decades,” Blue Sky Vision chief executive officer Bill Hughson said in the announcement. “They are a dynamic addition to our Blue Sky Vision family of partners.”

Blue Sky Vision, which was created in early 2017 and is a partnership among doctors, members of the leadership team and Sterling Partners, has partnered to date with the following practices: VisionCare Associates of East Lansing, EyeCare Associates, Sussex Vision Centers, Vitreo-Retinal Associates, Michigan Optical, Shoreline Vision, Walker Surgical Center, Lakeshore Eye, Surgical Care Center of Michigan and Grand Rapids Ophthalmology.