Optometry

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…

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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,…


Imperial’s Total Eye Care Partners Joins With Gaddie Eye Centers; New GPN Tech Names Buffington CEO

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,…


Local Eye Site Opens Scholarship Application Period for Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

RALEIGH, N.C. — Local Eye Site, a leader in eyecare hiring across ophthalmology, optometry and optical, is funding grants for the third consecutive year for ophthalmic medical technicians seeking certification from The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). The application period is now open for these certification grants, and the deadline to apply is Nov. 30. Persons seeking scholarships may apply by completing an application form and submitting a brief essay or digital video. Grants are awarded as vouchers to be used toward discounts for the JCAHPO certification examination fee. Awards range from $50 to $340 and…


Services to Be Held for H.W. Bennett, OD, "Dr. B," Luxury Eyewear Pioneer

Dr. H.W. Bennett.​ SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Word started to circulate last Friday about the passing of an industry visionary, Dr. H.W. Bennett, 91, who passed away here on Sept. 8 after a brief illness. Services are planned for today here for “Dr. B.” as he was fondly known by colleagues, suppliers, executives, sales reps and many friends throughout the U.S. and international eyewear business. Dr. Bennett founded Au Courant opticians, one of the first high-end luxury eyewear retailers and was a pioneer in the fashion sector of the industry. Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) acquired Au Courant in 2008. At the time, Au…