ROB Launches Teach-In Series on Private Equity’s Investment in Optometry


NEW YORK—Private equity’s investment in optometry is a multibillion dollar force that is reshaping optometric practice ownership. This mega-trend is being addressed in a series of teach-ins, to be held this summer, that will equip OD-owners to make the best possible transfer deal and to meet with potential buyers. The series, “Demystifying Private Equity and Its Role in Optometry,” is created by Review of Optometric Business (ROB) and is multi-sponsored by PE-backed companies. Registration has opened for the first two teach-ins: Dallas on July 20 and Chicago on August 24. Additional dates and venues soon will be announced.

Program presenters are Michael Kling, OD, owner of Invision Optometry in San Diego, and Richard Edlow, OD, of Catonsville Eye Group in Maryland.

Participants will learn the strategies of PE-backed investors, and they will be taught about how to compute their practice value, how to negotiate a transfer deal, and how to prepare documents for transfer. Further, they can schedule one-on-one meetings with leading private equity-backed companies.

Sponsors include Acuity Eyecare Group, EyeCare Partners, Kavanaugh Consulting, MyEyeDr., Total ECP, and VSP Ventures.

“There is no question that the massive investment power of private equity funds is reshaping how OD-owners envision their exit from ownership,” said Al Greco, ROB publisher. “But it is just as vital for emerging and mid-career ODs to understand the PE opportunity so they can make informed decisions to optimize their practice-building strategy.”

For more detailed information about the series and to register, click here.