University Optometry Acquired by VSP Ventures


RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., October 8, 2019 – VSP® Ventures announced today the acquisition of University Optometry, a boutique optometry practice based in Palo Alto, California. Founded by Dennis Ratinoff, OD, in 1971, University Optometry has built a reputation for delivering comprehensive eye care and improving quality of life for patients through uncompromised service and state-of-the-art technology.

“For over 48 years, the University Optometry team has been dedicated to ensuring great vision and eye health for patients in their community,” said Steve Baker, President of VSP Ventures. “We’re proud to welcome them to the VSP Ventures family and build upon their legacy of exceptional eye care.”

A graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and United States Air Force veteran, Dr. Ratinoff has been practicing optometry for nearly 50 years. In addition to comprehensive eye exams, Dr. Ratinoff has extensive experience in treating diabetic eye diseases and co-managing cataract surgery patients, as well as pre- and post-operative care for Lasik surgery patients. 

“In preparing to enter the next chapter of my career, I wanted to find the right partner to transition my practice with,” said Dr. Ratinoff. “With VSP Ventures, I found a truly unique path to evolve my practice with a partner that shares my care-focused vision and passion for comprehensive patient care.”

University Optometry will continue to operate under the same name. Additionally, the practice’s staff, Dr. Ratinoff, and his associate doctor will remain in their roles.

Earlier this year, VSP announced the launch of VSP Ventures, a business unit designed to offer a care-focused choice for doctors looking to transition their practices. VSP Ventures is focused on the long-term success of the practice by offering a range of customized transition models so doctors can continue to provide full-scope, personalized care to their patients.

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About VSP Global

VSP Global is a doctor-governed company that exists to create value for members and opportunities for VSP network doctors. Our industry-leading businesses include VSP® Vision Care, the only national not-for-profit vision benefits company, which provides access to eye care for 88 million members through a network of over 40,000 doctors worldwide; Marchon® Eyewear Inc., one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and distributors of high-quality eyewear and sunwear; VSP Optics, industry leaders in ophthalmic technology and lab services, providing custom lens solutions for the vision and lifestyle needs of patients; Eyefinity®, the industry leader in practice management and electronic health record software; VSP Retail, which focuses on increasing access to eye care and eyewear through multiple channels, and VSP® Ventures, which offers care-focused, customized choices for doctors looking to transition their practice.




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