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Growing Eyecare Group Now Has 111 Providers, 45 Locations

It’s ‘the largest ophthalmology group in the country that remains entirely physician owned.’

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PHILADELPHIA — Vantage EyeCare LLC has announced the addition of eight providers, bringing its total to 111 practicing in 45 locations.

It has also added a new division, Phoenixville Eye Care Specialists. A 15th division with five providers is “actively planning to on-board,” according to a press release. The release describes Vantage as “the largest ophthalmology group in the country that remains entirely physician owned.”

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“Staying true to the premise that quality physicians can come together to achieve scale without giving up the ability to best serve our patients, is proving to be a model that we can pragmatically grow with confidence and conviction,” said Dr. Richard Prince, president of Vantage.

Here’s information on the new providers:

Horizon Eye Care

John McLaughlin, MD, served as chief resident at Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai Baltimore after earning a medical degree from George Washington University. His experience in residency with advanced cataract procedures and surgical improvement techniques for glaucoma patients will continue the commitment of Horizon Eye Care to staying at the forefront of eye care in the Southern New Jersey Seashore area. During his education McLaughlin was the chief clinical research assistant at Scheie Eye Institute of University of Pennsylvania on the oncology team.

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Lindsey Petsch, OD, is a recent graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, where she earned her doctorate of optometry after having completed a bachelor of science at Widener University. Petsch adds to the team of optometrists at Horizon Eye Care with additional training in keratoconus (steep curving of the cornea). She is a longtime area resident who is eager to bring her training and experience to the patients of southern New Jersey.

Ophthalmic Partners

Brenton Finklea, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery. Finklea attended the University of Florida, where he was a student in the honors college, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in agricultural and biological engineering with a minor in biomechanics. During this time, he also studied music performance with emphasis on jazz saxophone. He went on to attend medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Finklea was an intern at the Inova Fairfax Hospital and Georgetown University Hospitals. Residency was at the world-renowned Wills Eye Hospital, followed by a fellowship in academic global ophthalmology at Wills Eye as well. He completed his training with a fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive Surgery at the Duke University Eye Center.

Philadelphia Eye Associates

Iga Gray, MD, joins Philadelphia Eye Associates and Wills Eye Hospital after completing her ophthalmology residency and glaucoma fellowship at the prestigious Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Gray treats a wide variety of ocular disease and specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma and cataracts. She performs cataract surgery, traditional glaucoma surgery, minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS) as well as a variety of laser procedures for the treatment of glaucoma.

Phoenixville Eye Care Specialists

Jamine Schecter, MD, FACS, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Haverford College. She received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed her ophthalmology residency training at the Scheie Eye Institute of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Shechter is board-certified in ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and is on the staff at Phoenixville Hospital and Physician’s Care Surgical Hospital.

Susan Wilton, MD, graduated from Bucknell University in 1981 with a bachelor of arts with honors. She followed that up with a MA in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona in 1985. She graduated from medical school at The Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1989 then completed her residency in ophthalmology. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and the Pennsylvania Medical Association.

Thomas Gulibon, OD, graduated magna cum laude from Saint Vincent College and from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Gulibon is board-certified in optometry, holds his therapeutic license, and serves as an examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Pennsylvania Optometric Association and the Bucks/Montgomery County Optometric Society. Gulibon specializes in contact lenses. He fits difficult cases with the latest technology including lenses for children, high astigmatism, presbyopia, keratoconus and competitive sports.

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Optical Retailer to Add 25 Stores, Expand Into 4 New States

It’s entering the Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Wyoming markets.

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DALLAS –Dallas-based optical retailer Eyemart Express announced that it plans to have 25 new locations operating by the end up 2019.

The company currently owns and operates 206 stores in 38 states, according to a press release. It’s expanding into four additional states: Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.

“The drive behind our aggressive growth strategy is to make prescription eyewear accessible and convenient for more communities,” said Michael Bender, Eyemart Express CEO. “Seeing clearly should not be a burden or an excessive expense for any family. We work hard to make all our locations an affordable one-stop shop for all eyewear needs.”

Eyemart Express carries more than 2,000 frames for prescription glasses and sunglasses, ranging from exclusive private label brands to well-known brands such as Converse, Longchamp, Calvin Klein, Ray-Ban and Nike. Stores also feature onsite labs so 90 percent of glasses can be ordered and received on the same day.

“Eyemart Express’ growth helps entire communities as well. Job creation is an important factor in determining new store locations — we examine where Eyemart Express can make the biggest contribution to local economies with career opportunities,” said Bender.

More than 300 jobs will be created for hourly wage earners as a result of the optical retailer’s expansion.

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Warby Parker Rolls Out 5 Extended Sizes

They range from ‘extra narrow’ to ‘extra wide.’

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Eyewear  retailer Warby Parker is launching an “extended sizes” collection to help more consumers benefit from its products.

It features “five proportional sizes, ranging from ‘extra narrow’ to ‘extra wide’ and even including low bridge options,” the Observer reports.

Twenty-seven styles are available in seven best-selling frames.

To leverage augmented reality, the company utilized Apple’s ARKit and TrueDepth camera to create software that evaluates proper fit, according to the Observer.

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Warby Parker co-founder Dave Gilboa was quoted saying, “We started getting feedback from our customers saying, ‘I love these styles, but you don’t have anything that fits me’ or ‘you only offer one frame that fits me.’”

Chain Store Age reports that Warby Parker spent two years developing the new sizes.

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Vision Health Firm Buys Italian Company Focused on Retinal Screening and Telehealth

Next Sight develops robotic and IT technologies to provide ophthalmic diagnostic solutions.

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Luneau Technology has acquired Next Sight, an Italian company specialized in retinal screening and telehealth.

This acquisition “brings to Luneau increased capabilities – covering both Back and Front of the eye – to propose a comprehensive eye exam, which is a key customer need” and it “supports and brings a set of experience and technology which will help to drive forward a focus on a range of telehealth solutions for Luneau Technology group,” according to a press release.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Paola Griggio, CEO of Next Sight, will continue to manage initiatives around retinal topics and will also take up a key leadership role as she is appointed vice president for telehealth at Luneau Technology.

Marc Abitbol, president and CEO Luneau Technology, said, “It is a great opportunity for Luneau Technology to expand our offer.

“We are very excited to enter the telehealth space and welcome Paola among our management team to lead this new capability for the group.”

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Luneau Technology produces devices aimed at ophthalmic, optometrists and optical professionals.

Next Sight develops robotic and IT technologies to provide ophthalmic diagnostic solutions. Next Sight produces Nexy, a device which allows retina screening through a platform to securely send patient data to remote locations.

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