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VSP To Acquire Visionworks

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.June 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- VSP Global® announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire San Antonio, Texas-based Visionworks, subject to completion of regulatory approval. With a footprint of more than 700 stores in nearly 40 states, the Visionworks acquisition will be the single largest VSP network investment in the company's 65-year history.  The entire article can be found here:  https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vsp-global-enters-into-definitive-agreement-to-acquire-visionworks-300876356.html

Private Equity in Ophthalmology Has Been Making Big Gains--- Not just Ophthalmology though...Does this mean the end of the solo eye care practice?

Private Equity has been making big plays in Ophthalmology for the last several years- But PE's aren't just big news in the eye world, they're also making big gains with medical practices in general.

Here's a link to a good article about private equity and medicine https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/finance/private-equity-purchasing-more-physician-practices

In summary, the article points out that PE groups typically look for majority ownership opportunities and pay out over $1M per physician.  The article refers to a study that found independent private practices are "rapidly disappearing".  The article goes on to note the rise of the "corporatization of medicine."

Dr. Anika Goodwin's Nifty New North Carolina Company! EyeMergencyMD-- A New Way to Help Eye Care Patients!

Anika Goodwin

Telemedine in Ophthalmology.  EYEmergencyMD is an up and coming organization.

EYEmergencyMD’s mission is to bridge the gap between eye physicians and patients who require acute eye care and screening. An acute care solution for eye issues does not currently exist, and the small number of trained eye physicians makes the need even more pronounced. Patients are relegated to busy emergency rooms or urgent cares which often lack ready access to eye specialists. In exchange for inefficient, less specialized care, patients pay exorbitant costs for visits that typically don’t resolve the problem and require additional follow up with an eye physician during normal business hours.

What’s EYEmergencyMD’s solution? First, we’re creating eye screening centers in places people frequent, eliminating the common excuses that eye care is not easy to find or a priority. When patients present with complex eye issues, we help them find and access the care they need. Second, we offer immediate care from board certified ophthalmologists, 24/7/365 from the palm of your hand, anywhere you can access a network connection.

Simply offering a service does not create such an affect.  A company must deliver this service at top notch quality standards and with added value, efficiency, and convenience.  Although we are first to offer nationwide acute eye care diagnosis and treatment, the ocular screening market has been around for quite some time.  EMD is approaching this market with fresh eyes and visual clarity, seeking to expand and improve the process for the benefit of the patient.  Namely, ensuring patients obtain follow up care by facilitating connections to local ophthalmologists.  

Just as passenger cars for hire were once known as “catching a cab” but is now are known almost exclusively as “ubering”, EYEmergencyMD seeks to become a household name, synonymous with acute eye care and screenings. The telemedicine industry is here and it doesn’t seem to be losing momentum.  We hope you will take advantage of this offering in assuring healthy vision for a lifetime.

Life with an acute eye problem just got a lot easier in all 50 states. Why?  Because vision matters.

EYEmergencyMD is proud to announce that we have been recognized by the American Telemedicine Association as recipient of the 2019 President’s Award for Innovation in Remote Healthcare Delivery.  We hope this is just one of many ways we will be able to impact the future of eye care delivery and access.

Visit us at www.EYEmergencyMD.com whenever you or a loved one has an eye issue.

To get in touch with Dr. Anika Goodwin, send her a note to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anika Goodwin, MD, FACS​ - Co‑founder & CEO

EYEmergencyMD, Inc.
1846 E Innovation Park Dr, Suite 100
Oro Valley , AZ 85755
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Work: +1 833 PINK EYE, Ext: 2001
Web: www.eyemergencymd.com

Anika Goodwin, MD, FACS
Co‑founder & CEO
EYEmergencyMD, Inc.
1846 E Innovation Park Dr, Suite 100
Oro Valley AZ 85755
Email: anika@eyemergencymd.com
Work: +1 833 PINK EYE Ext: 2001
Cell: +1 336 705 0516
Web: www.eyemergencymd.com

AAO Conversations with the Experts, 2019... AAO Academy Resource Center - Let's Talk about Recruiting a Great Ophthalmologist at the Academy Meeting in San Francisco! Conversations with the Experts at the AAO 2019.

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Drew Caldwell was part of the AAO's Conversations with the Experts in 2018 and he'll be doing it again this year in San Francisco at the 2019 American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting! 

The AAOE's conversations with the experts is in the ACADEMY RESOURCE CENTER - MOSCONE CENTER, WEST, BOOTH 7337

Mr. Caldwell will be available:

Saturday 11-12 and 3-4

Sunday 12-1

Monday 12-1 and 3-4

If you're an Ophthalmology practice owner or administrator and you're asking yourself "What is the best way to recruit an Ophthalmologist for our practice?", please connect with us.  We would love the opportunity to answer your questions about ophthalmology recruitment and help you find and hire a talented eye surgeon for your practice opportunity.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Young and Experienced job-seeking Ophthalmologists will be networking at the AAO to interview and talk with practices who are hiring.  What are some of the ways your group can find and hire talented ophthalmologists for your employment and partnership opportunities?  It's a competitive, crowded marketplace and young ophthalmologists have a lot of career options.  What will your group do to attract great eye MDs for your practice?

We will be available to answer these questions and more at the AAO's  "Conversations with the Experts".  This is a great way for you to talk, one on one, with a recruiter who specializes in physician recruitment and placement.

We will be at the Academy Resource Center and we're pre-booking slots.  So if you'd like a useful, helpful chat about DIY recruitment, please send us a note.

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Wow! Look What Wills Eye Hospital is Working On...Implantable Device for Blind RP Patients.

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This is really great news!  Here's some incredible news from one of the best Ophthalmology training and eye research centers in the U.S.; Wills Eye Hospital. Take a look.

wills eye hospital study device for the blind


Wills Eye Hospital has been given Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to begin an early feasibility study (EFS) to implant the RETINA IMPLANT Alpha AMS sub-retinal device in patients blind due to Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). The Alpha AMS is manufactured by Retina Implant AG, Reutlingen, Germany and has been designed to replace the non-functioning and absent photoreceptor cells in the eye lost to the RP deterioration. The surgically implanted Alpha AMS chip stimulates the remaining components of the visual system to restore limited functional vision in blind RP patients. The eye’s own natural focusing system (without the need of a camera) focuses light on a chip made of 1600 photo diodes. The RETINA IMPLANT Alpha AMS is an investigational device in the US and has CE Mark approval in Europe since 2016.

“This study represents the very earliest phase of clinically testing a potential new option for patients and families grappling with the devastating blindness caused by Retinitis Pigmentosa. We are thankful for the smooth process in working with the FDA and for the opportunity of offering this exciting technology in the form of an EFS investigational study to our blind RP patients for the first time in the U.S.” noted Julia A. Haller, MD, Wills Eye Hospital Ophthalmologist-in-Chief.

Retinitis pigmentosa is a degenerative eye disease which is the leading cause of inherited blindness in the developed world. There is no known cure for RP which affects an estimated 100,000 people in the USA and 1.5 million people worldwide. Approximately 1,500 individuals with RP each year progress to total blindness. Wills Eye Hospital is the only site in North America conducting this investigational research study and will enroll up to eight patients for implantation. If this initial study demonstrates encouraging results, a larger pivotal study will be performed to gain FDA approval.

Here's a link to the original article at Wills Eye Hospital: https://www.willseye.org/wills-eye-sponsors-first-u-s-study-of-device-for-blind-retinitis-pigmentosa-patients/

Here's a neat fact about the Wills Eye Hospital: More ophthalmologists have trained at Wills Eye than any other program in the U.S.

 Wills Eye Hospital is absolutely unique in all the world: a gift of the Quaker merchant James Wills to the City of Philadelphia in 1832.  He gave the fortune he made from his grocery business, to build a hospital for the indigent blind – and thus Wills became the nation’s first eye specialty hospital.  
 In 1839, the first physician to be trained in Ophthalmology as a specialty came to Wills, and in our 185 years of existence we have trained the most ophthalmologists of any program in the country.