J&J Vision Announces Acquisition of Sightbox, an Online CL Subscription Service

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson Johnson Vision has acquired Sightbox Inc., an online, membership-based subscription service for contact lens wearers in the U.S., according to a JJ Vision announcement earlier this week. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition will help more patients connect with ECPs through a member-based contact lens subscription service, JJ Vision said in its announcement. Sightbox also addresses “a growing consumer preference for more convenient access to eye health services and products,” the announcement noted. Sightbox will become part of Johnson Johnson Vision, but will operate as a separate business and will continue to provide contact…

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Warby Parker to Accept Vision Insurance in 2018 Via New Arrangement With UnitedHealthcare Vision

MINNETONKA, Minn.—People enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and individual vision plans can access Warby Parker’s designer prescription eyewear, online or at any of the more than 50 stores nationwide, beginning in 2018. This marks the first time Warby Parker is accepting vision insurance and will enable millions of people to purchase prescription eyewear for only their copay. “Warby Parker is constantly exploring new ways to provide people access to affordable, high-quality and fashionable eyewear,” said Dave Gilboa, co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker. “We look forward to working with UnitedHealthcare, nationwide, to enable millions of Americans to purchase their eyewear at…


MyEyeDr. Builds Its Expansion With Energy, Systems, Expertise and Infrastructure

Sue Downes, CEO, MyEyeDr. VIENNA, Va.—Foresight and planning. Systems that track, evaluate, anticipate and scale. Marketing and product selection that emphasizes both the patient and the customer. Software—some collaborations, some home-grown—that measure and identify trends and patterns. Digital tools which help acquire new patents and build bonds and traction with existing patients. Regional teams and groups that meet, talk, cross-train and share wins, improve any misses. This is only a top-line description of the approaches being taken by the leadership and manager teams at MyEyeDr., today one of the fastest-growing businesses in the U.S., with approximately 325 locations, and projections…


Imperial’s Total Eye Care Partners Joins With Gaddie Eye Centers

Ben Gaddie,OD.​ LAS VEGAS—Imperial Capital Group, a Toronto-based private equity fund manager, has announced the formation of Total Eye Care Partners (Total ECP). To launch its new platform, which will seek to partner with optometrists and assist in the management of medically focused optometry practices across the U.S., Total ECP recently completed its first business partnership with Gaddie Eye Centers of Louisville, Ky., and also closed on the acquisition of Gateway Professional Network’s Coaching and Dispensing Management Program. Members of the Total ECP executive team will include Bob Barton, president and CEO, Ben Gaddie, OD, chief medical officer, Paul Karpecki,…


MacuHealth and M&S Technologies Partner to Advance Patient Care and Treatment Protocols

NILES, Ill. and BIRMINGHAM, Mich.—MS Technologies and MacuHealth, LP have entered into a cooperative marketing agreement. The two companies issued a statement saying they will educate and train eyecare professionals on the direct relationship between enriching macular pigment with nutritional supplements and optimizing visual performance. “As more and more optometric practices move toward the medical model, the combined body of scientific and clinical evidence available through MS technologies and MacuHealth’s unique formulation will help advance the quality of patient care,” the companies said. Each company brings complimentary capabilities to the partnership. MS Technologies has developed peer-reviewed testing methods that are…