Advancing Eyecare Strengthens West Coast Presence With Acquisition of Ophthalmic Instruments


NORFOLK, Va.—Advancing Eyecare, the U.S. distributor of ophthalmic instruments and high-tech instrumentation to ophthalmologists and optometrists, has acquired Ophthalmic Instruments Inc. (OII), a leading distributor of quality ophthalmic instruments, according to an announcement Wednesday. Advancing Eyecare was formed in 2019 by Atlantic Street Capital in partnership with Lombart Instrument and Marco Ophthalmic, as VMAIL reported.The terms of the deal were not disclosed. In August, Advancing Eyecare announced the acquisition of Ophthalmic Instruments & Consulting Company, an expert and supplier of classical and diagnostic equipment in the Pacific Northwest, as VMAIL reported
Ophthalmic Instruments, a family-owned and operated business since 1977, is a distributor of a comprehensive line of ophthalmic products, including Topcon, Haag-Streit, Reliance, Marco, Reichert and others. The company has four physical locations strategically located in California, Arizona and Colorado, and it provides its customers with professionally trained sales and field service representatives in eight states, including California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico and Wyoming.
“Over the past 40 years the Shone family has built OII into one of the leading and most respected providers of ophthalmic instruments on the West Coast and we are pleased to have them become a vital part of the Advancing Eyecare family of brands,” chief executive officer Brad Staley said in the announcement. “As we continue to further develop our national footprint we look forward to working with the talented and tenured professionals at OII to provide quality products and personal service to their clients.”

Advancing Eyecare CEO Brad Staley.

Scott Shone, president of OII, said, “Learning from our father, Lou, who started the business 42-plus years ago, we have continued to build the company based on his philosophy and focus of providing a comprehensive line of quality ophthalmic products supported by an experienced and knowledgeable service team.  It is very exciting to be joining one of the leaders in the industry and we look forward to building our business in partnership with the Advancing Eyecare team of professionals.”
Advancing Eyecare is comprised of a powerful alliance of leading ophthalmic instrument providers in North America, including Lombart Instrument, INNOVA Medical Ophthalmics, Enhanced Medical Services and Marco Ophthalmic.