CINCINNATI—Pearle Vision and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center reported Wednesday that they plan to open a new Pearle Vision EyeCare Center on the hospital’s main campus in the Avondale neighborhood. The EyeCare Center, which is expected to open this summer, will provide neighborhood access to eye exams and an expansive collection of frames for adults and children, according to the announcement. This new Pearle Vision location will be owned and operated by Cincinnati-based franchisees, Ryan Yauger, Dr. David Tabeling and Dr. David Blair.

The group collectively already owns three Pearle Vision locations in the Tri-State area and have over two decades of optical experience, according to the announcement.

Children’s Hospital has had a vacancy next to its ophthalmology clinic since March 2016. The hospital has been looking for a new partner to provide optical services to patients and neighborhood families, according to the announcement. “This collaboration helps address that need at a location that is four times as large as the previous optical retail space and more easily accessible to the community,” the announcement noted.

Pearle Vision general manager Alex Wilkes said the company sees its mission centered upon providing “genuine eyecare in our neighborhoods.” He added, “The partnership with Children’s was a no-brainer for us. We both share a commitment to excellent service and providing our patients with a level of personal care that is second to none.”

Michael Yang, MD, director of ophthalmology at Cincinnati Children’s, said the hospital is excited about “improving easy access to glasses not only for our patients but also for residents of the Avondale community.”

To meet the needs of the patients in the neighborhood, the Pearle location will have pediatric-trained optometrists with open hours for walk-in appointments. In addition, Medicaid will be accepted. Both adult and pediatric patients can receive care at the location, according to the announcement.