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Eyecare Group Acquires Practices with Total of 11 Offices

The company is entering the Texas market.

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DALLAS — Riata Capital Group announced that its portfolio company Acuity Eyecare Group, an owner and operator of leading North American eyecare groups and optometry practices, has acquired 11 regional eyecare practices in Texas.

The acquisitions are the first for AEG in the Texas market and include:

  • EyeTx Vision Centers: Founded in 1985, EyeTx Vision Centers operates six locations across San Antonio, TX. EyeTx optometrists are therapeutic and glaucoma certified. They specialize in routine eye care, contact lens and gas permeable fittings, bi-focal contact lens fitting, kerotoconus fittings and ortho-K fittings. Cleinman Performance Partners served as the exclusive advisor for EyeTx Vision Centers.
  • Hill Country Vision Center: A five-location optical group, Hill Country was founded in 1975 in Kerrville, TX. Its other locations are Fredricksburg, Hondo, Floresville, and Bulverde. HCVC’s specialties include comprehensive exams, LASIK consultations, and urgent care, as well as the treatment and management of eye diseases. Kavanagh Consulting served as the exclusive advisor for Hill Country Vision Center.

Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

“We are thrilled to welcome these exceptional groups into our family and to introduce AEG to the great state of Texas,” said Eric Anderson, CEO of Acuity Eyecare Group. “Generations of Texans have enjoyed better vision because of EyeTx and Hill Country. It is an honor to join these communities and we look forward to serving generations to come.”

Jeff Fronterhouse, managing partner of Riata Capital Group, said: “We are excited to build on Acuity’s recent momentum, having completed seven acquisitions over the last two months. Texas is a promising market as we build Acuity Eyecare Group into a market-leading eyecare platform.”

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Eyecare Pros Rate Their Happiness with Work … and Life

Results of the 2019 Big Survey are in. Here’s a sample.

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IN INVISION’S FIRST annual Big Survey, we asked ECPs their overall satisfaction with their professional lives … as well as their overall satisfaction with life.

The good news? As a group, ECPs are happy with their careers, reporting an average of 7.9 on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being “extremely dissatisfied” and 10 being “totally satisfied”). The better news? You’re happier with your life as whole. The average response there was 8.2 on a scale from 1 to 10.

The happiest among you in both areas? Owners of eyewear boutiques without an affiliated OD.

The 2019 Big Survey was conducted from August to October and attracted responses from more than 500 American ECPs. Look out for all the full results in the November/December issue of INVISION.

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Everything Is Bigger in the South, Including Eyecare Practices

Results of the 2019 Big Survey are in. Here’s a sample.

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SEEMS THAT EVERYTHING is bigger in the South, according to INVISION’s Big Survey. The Northeast is home to a disproportionate number of smaller vision businesses, while bigger practices are most common in the South. Thirty-one percent of the small stores/practices in our survey — those with less than 1,500 square feet — were in the Northeast, while 41 percent of the big ones — those over 3,000 square feet — were in the South. These large operations were mostly either private practices with a focus on retail or medical model private practices with a small dispensary.

How big is your (main) location?

Less than 500 sq. ft
4%
500-999 sq. ft.
10%
1,000-1,499 sq. ft.
24%
1,500-1,999 sq. ft.
17%
2000-2499 sq. ft.
15%
2500-2999 sq. ft.
11%
3000-3,999 sq. ft.
8%
4,000-5000 sq. .ft.
6%
More than 5000 sq. ft.
5%

The 2019 Big Survey was conducted from August to October and attracted responses from more than 500 American ECPs. Look out for all the full results in the November/December issue of INVISION.

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Which State Has the Hardest-Working ECPs? And Which State Has the Weirdest? INVISION’s Big Survey Tells All!

Results of the 2019 Big Survey are in. Here’s a sample.

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INVISION’S FIRST ANNUAL Big Survey found out a lot of interesting information about the American ECP… even our Canadian friends to the north weighed in. We started with the basics, and they did not disappoint! Want to know which state has the most female owners, or which one has the weirdest ECPs? Here are few quick takes from the 2019 survey:

Californian ECPs were the least likely to own their places of business, with 82 percent renting.

Kansans were most likely to be open on Sunday with one in four stores and practices open on this traditional “rest” day.

They don’t take kindly to strangers asking questions in South Dakota. South Dakota, Louisiana and New Mexico were the only states not represented in our survey.

Michigan ECPs are some of the hardest working in the industry: 25 percent work more than 50 hours a week.

Florida had the most male owners and managers in our survey at 76 percent. Washington state had the most female owners at 86 percent.

Connecticut was tops for self-declared weirdness with ECPs there giving themselves an average score of 8.2 out of 10 on our weirdness scale.

The 2019 Big Survey was conducted from August to October and attracted responses from more than 500 American ECPs. Look out for all the full results in the November/December issue of INVISION.

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