VSP Ventures Acquires One of the Largest Eye Care Practices in Northern California


RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – VSP® Ventures today announced the acquisition of EYEcenter Optometric. Located across five locations in the Greater Sacramento region, EYEcenter Optometric was founded by optometrist, Fred Fuerst, OD, in 1960, with a vision to provide quality care and compassion for all patients. The legacy he built continues to thrive and has been carried forward proudly by his son, Randy Fuerst, OD, FAAO, along with his partner doctors, Palmer Lee, OD, Scott Gittins, OD, and John Coen, OD.

“While we received offers from various practice transition groups, it was clear that the future of our practice would be protected with VSP Ventures,” said Dr. Lee. “Together with VSP Ventures, we are set to provide the same trusted patient experience that EYEcenter Optometric is proudly known for.”

With over 125 years of combined eye care experience, the practice’s partner doctors have also served in various roles with local and national optometric associations. They are also passionate about giving back and often volunteer in community projects as well as various local and international charitable eye care efforts.

“EYEcenter Optometric has served generations of patients in our local community and we have enjoyed a long and rewarding relationship with their practice,” said VSP Ventures President Tiffanie Burkhalter. “The EYEcenter Optometric team have set an incredible standard in patient care delivery and we are honored they selected us as their transition partner.”

EYEcenter Optometric was advised and represented by HPC Puckett & Company throughout the acquisition process.

To learn more, visit: VSPVentures.com.

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About VSP Global

At VSP Global®, our purpose is to empower human potential through sight. As the first and only national not-for-profit vision benefits company, this is what drives everything we do. For more than 65 years, VSP has been the leader in health-focused vision care. Every day, the people who power our complementary businesses (VSP® Vision Care, Marchon® Eyewear, Inc., Visionworks®, Eyefinity®, Eyeconic®, VSP Optics, and VSP Ventures) work together to create a world where everyone can bring their best vision to life. That means providing affordable access to eye care and eyewear for more than 80 million members through a network of more than 39,000 doctors. And it means expanding access to vision care to those disadvantaged by income, distance, or disaster. Through VSP Eyes of Hope®, more than 3.3 million people in need have received no-cost eye care and eyewear. Learn more about how we’re reinvesting in greater vision, health, and opportunities for all at vspglobal.com.




Jace Duval