ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners has completed an affiliation with Raleigh Ophthalmology. The move represents EyeSouth’s 31st affiliation overall and first in the state of North Carolina, the company said in a statement. The terms of the transaction were not announced. EyeSouth is an eyecare-focused management services organization backed by Shore Capital Partners. EyeSouth’s affiliate network consists of 31 practices with over 250 doctors providing medical and surgical eye care services at over 150 locations including 19 surgery centers throughout Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and North Carolina.

Raleigh Ophthalmology is led by Dr. Paul Riske and a team of 10 other physicians. The Practice serves the Raleigh area and provides a suite of clinical and surgical eyecare services across three clinical locations.

“We view this as an opportune time to partner with an organization like EyeSouth, who can provide the resources and expertise to allow us to achieve our vision of growth while retaining the clinical quality that Raleigh Ophthalmology is known for,” said Dr. Riske.

“The state of North Carolina has been a target expansion geography for some time now, but we’ve been waiting for the right practice. We believe that the stellar reputation and leadership at Raleigh Ophthalmology makes this practice an ideal starting point to build our footprint in North Carolina,” said Dr. Eugene Gabianelli, MD, EyeSouth’s chief medical officer.