LAS VEGAS and SEATTLE—Comprehensive EyeCare Partners (CompEye), one of the larger vision care practice management organizations, said late last week that it has established a strategic partnership with Retina Institute of Washington, a leading retina practice in the Seattle area. Retina Institute of Washington has four doctors supporting three practice locations in the greater Seattle area, according to the announcement. The terms of the new partnership were not disclosed. Retina Institute of Washington is the third ophthalmology practice to partner with CompEye in Washington state.

CompEye, a portfolio company of Dallas-based Gauge Capital, currently provides support services to 104 doctors, 48 clinics, and eight ambulatory surgery centers across 11 practices in Nevada, Washington state, Utah, and Texas.

Retina Institute of Washington, led by surgeon George Ko, MD, FACS, provides diagnosis and treatment of retinal and vitreous conditions using the latest advances in medicine and technology.

“Retina Institute of Washington is well-regarded as having the highest caliber of patient-centric care in the Northwest,” Dr. Ko said in the announcement. “We believe partnering with Comprehensive EyeCare Partners will strengthen our commitment to our patients while accessing world-class business support.”

Added Charles L. Smith, chief executive officer of Comprehensive EyeCare Partners, “We are thrilled and grateful to partner with Dr. Ko and Retina Institute of Washington in building on their foundation as a leading provider of retina care in metropolitan Seattle. We’re committed to supporting their work delivering exceptional patient-centric care.

"Our partnership with Retina Institute of Washington advances our mission of building the nation’s preeminent eyecare services company by partnering with world-class physicians, driving superior clinical and surgical outcomes, and optimizing the patient experience.”