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Claris Vision Acquires Southcoast Eye Care Inc.

Boston, MA — October 23, 2013 — Candescent Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, announced that its portfolio company, Claris Vision, has acquired Southcoast Eye Care, a comprehensive vision health company located in North Dartmouth, MA. With the addition of Southcoast, Claris Vision now operates 13 offices throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Southcoast Eye Care was originally founded in 1990 by Dr. Joseph F. Burke. Dr. Burke teamed up with Dr. John E. Meehan in 2005 to expand the practice's expertise in medical and surgical glaucoma management. Dr. Burke and Dr. Meehan expressed excitement at partnering with Claris Vision, commenting, "We believe that this collaboration will offer our patients the highest level of comprehensive ophthalmic care in Southern New England. The physicians and staff at Southcoast Eye Care are eager to join a well-established and experienced team. We believe our mutual commitment to clinical excellence and compassionate patient care will establish Claris Vision as the region's top choice for eye care. We look forward to a bright future together."

Lynne Rosen, CEO of Claris Vision said "We are thrilled to add the talented staff at Southcoast Eye Care to the Claris team. Southcoast Eye Care's depth of specialist services in retina and glaucoma will strengthen our service offering in these specialties. We look forward to continuing to service the Dartmouth and Greater New Bedford community with the best care and patient experience available in the region."

About Candescent Partners

Candescent Partners is a Boston-based private equity firm that provides smart and innovative capital solutions to growth companies in the lower middle market in healthcare services, business services, software and consumer products and services. Steve Jenks and Sandy McGrath founded Candescent in 2008. Steve Sahlman joined the partnership in 2009. Candescent invests in businesses with annual EBITDA between $2 and $8 million and enterprise values between $10 and $75 million. For more information, visit:

About Claris Vision:

Claris Vision was formed through the combination of Koch Eye Associates, Seacoast Eye Associates, Eye Health Vision Centers and Southcoast Eye Care. Claris is one of the largest vision care providers in the New England with 13 office locations and 50 physicians. For more information,

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