Advancing Eyecare Acquires Ophthalmic Instruments & Consulting Company


NORFOLK, Va.—Advancing Eyecare, a top U.S. distributor of ophthalmic instruments and high-tech instrumentation to ophthalmologists and optometrists, announced the acquisition of Ophthalmic Instruments & Consulting Company (OIC), the leading expert and supplier of classical and diagnostic equipment in the Pacific Northwest. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. OIC was co-founded by April Schatz and Paul VanderWel. “April and Paul have built an established and highly respected firm with a very attractive business in a dynamic and growing market,” said Brad Staley, CEO of Advancing Eyecare. 

“This acquisition greatly expands our ability to serve eyecare professionals in an important region and further strengthens our ability to deliver the current and future services and instrumentation clients require. OIC’s customers and employees will benefit as a key part of the Advancing Eyecare platform.”

Advancing Eyecare was formed in 2019 by Atlantic Street Capital in partnership with Lombart Instrument and Marco Ophthalmic. The group is comprised of leading ophthalmic instrument providers in North America, including Lombart Instrument, Innova Medical Ophthalmics, Enhanced Medical Services and Marco Ophthalmic.