Arkansas Supreme Court Denies Ballot Challenge to Scope of Practice Law

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Monday, September 21, 2020 12:30 AM LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Optometrists in Arkansas had won the right to expand their scope of practice under a 2019 law, but these rights had been held in abeyance while an opposition group sought to have the law put to a vote in a state ballot referendum.

US Eye Network Expands in South Carolina Through Partnership With Carolina Eyecare Physicians

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Friday, September 18, 2020 12:33 AM CHARLESTON, S.C.—Carolina Eyecare Physicians, a leading multi-disciplinary physician group practicing in Carolina’s Lowcountry, has joined the expanding US Eye network of premium eyecare practices, according to an announcement Thursday. Carolina Eyecare Physicians will retain its existing practice name while integrating its operations, procedures and service offerings within the US Eye model, the announcement noted. The terms of the partnership deal were not disclosed.

Omni Group Partners With Eye Care Northwest

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:33 AM ISELIN, N.J. and SPARTA, N.J.— Omni Ophthalmic Management Consultants  (Omni), a portfolio company of NMS Capital (NMS), has announced a strategic partnership with Eye Care Northwest, P.A., a market-leading provider of medical-surgical eyecare services in northwest New Jersey. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Sparta, Eye Care Northwest has remained at the forefront of the eyecare field for more than 20 years and currently employs one board-certified ophthalmologist and one optometrist.

PE-Backed SightMD Announces a Strategic Partnership With Larry P. Berstein, MD, FAAO

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020 12:21 AM HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—SightMD, a multi-specialty ophthalmology platform, has established a strategic partnership with Larry P. Berstein, MD, FAAO, a Nassau County-based ophthalmologist.

EyeSouth Partners Announces 19th Affiliation and Second With Texas-Based Practice

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 12:21 AM ATLANTA—PE-backed EyeSouth Partners has completed an affiliation with Medical Center Ophthalmology Associates (MCOA), according to an announcement this week.

Retina Consultants of America Announces Alliance With Minnesota’s VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 12:18 AM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, said Wednesday that it has established a new alliance with VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA, which is based in Minnesota but serves patients across the upper Midwest.

EyeCare Partners Completes Acquisition of Corrective Eye Center of Northeast Ohio

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners LLC, a leading network of full-scope medical optometry and ophthalmology practices, has added to its position in the ophthalmology health sector with the recent acquisition of Corrective Eye Center,  a leading northeast Ohio private ophthalmology practice.

LensGen Closes $10 Million Financing and Adds Jim Mazzo to its Board

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Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:21 AM IRVINE, Calif.—LensGen, which has developed Juvene, a proprietary, fluid-optic intraocular lens (IOL) to treat cataracts and presbyopia, announced that it has closed $10 million of a $20 million bridge financing round. The Irvine-based company also said that ophthalmic industry veteran James (Jim) Mazzo has been elected to its board of directors. The financing was led by the corporate venture investment arm of Hoya Group which produces eyeglasses, medical endoscopes, contact lenses, intraocular lenses and other medical devices.

Tri-State Centers for Sight Announces Corporate Name Change to MidWest Eye Center

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:18 AM CINCINNATI—MidWest Eye Center is the new corporate name for the large practice group previously known as Tri-State Centers for Sight, according to a recent announcement.

WaveFront Dynamics Names Jeff Kolberg as New Chief Commercial Officer

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Monday, August 17, 2020 12:21 AM ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—WaveFront Dynamics Inc. (WaveDyn), an early-stage ophthalmic medical device company, announced that Jeff Kolberg has been appointed as the company’s chief commercial officer (CCO). Kolberg joins the leadership team with extensive industry experience to lead WaveDyn’s corporate strategy and future commercialization of its products, including overseeing marketing, sales and service teams, according to the announcement. The company is focusing efforts on its dynamic wavefront measurement device and advanced treatment solutions, which will help restore vision and quality of life for patients with highly aberrated eyes.

FDA Clears Eyenuk's AI System for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020 12:27 AM LOS ANGELES—Eyenuk Inc., a global artificial intelligence (AI) medical technology and services company and a leader in real-world applications for AI eye screening, has received the FDA’s 510(k) clearance (K200667) to market its EyeArt autonomous AI System for diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness among American adults.

Shore Capital-Backed EyeSouth Partners Completes ‘Affiliation’ with Retina Associates of Middle Georgia

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020 12:15 AM ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners announced that it has completed an affiliation with Retina Associates of Middle Georgia (RAMG). The affiliation represents EyeSouth’s eighth in the state of Georgia and 18th affiliation overall.

ReFocus Eye Health Acquires OptiCare Eye Health & Vision Centers of Connecticut

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:30 AM RYE BROOK, N.Y.— ReFocus Eye Health has acquired OptiCare Eye Health & Vision Centers, according to an announcement late last week. This new partnership adds OptiCare and its four decades of excellent patient care to the ReFocus Eye Health organization. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. With the addition of OptiCare’s three Connecticut offices (Waterbury, Westport and Torrington), ReFocus now provides patient care across 11 locations in Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The management firm, which is based here in Rye Brook, is backed by permanent capital, and it invests in ophthalmology practices with an exclusive focus on quality care and long-term, sustainable growth, the announcement noted. Its experienced team of operators and clinicians work alongside local physicians to transform the eyecare experience for patients through the use of clinical and management best practices. It is a portfolio company of investment firm Zenyth Partners of Great Neck, N.Y.

Bascom Palmer Ranked Nation’s No. 1 in Ophthalmology for 19th Time

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Friday, July 31, 2020 12:21 AM MIAMI—Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Health System has been ranked again as the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S News & World Report. This year marks the 19th time, and the 17th consecutive year, that Bascom Palmer has received the No. 1 ranking since the publication began surveying U.S. physicians for its annual “Best Hospitals” rankings 31 years ago. “Delivering excellent vision care to our patients is always our number one priority,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, MD, director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

NIH Selects Dr. Michael Chiang as Director of the National Eye Institute

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Monday, July 27, 2020 12:18 AM BETHESDA, Md.—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has named Michael F. Chiang, MD, as director of NIH’s National Eye Institute  (NEI). A practicing ophthalmologist, Dr. Chiang is currently the Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology & Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), in Portland, and is associate director of the OHSU Casey Eye Institute. Chiang is expected to begin his new role as the NEI director in late 2020, according to a post on the NIH website.