Southwestern Eye Center is expanding its services across Arizona with the acquisition of a well-established eye care business. The Mesa-based eye care center acquired Eye Institute of Southern Arizona in Tucson and Green Valley, Arizona.

The Eye Institute of Southern Arizona has been a staple in the Tucson area providing eye care services since 1977. The practices and its doctors will now operate as Southwestern Eye Center, but changes in the day to day operations will be very subtle. Jeffrey Katz, MD, FACS and Barry Kusman, MD, FACS, join Southwestern Eye Center’s team as leading cataract surgeons, providing quality medical eye care in southern Arizona.

As the founder of Southwestern Eye Center, L. Lothaire Bluth, M.D., has developed one of the largest and most respected ophthalmology practices in the United States, celebrating over 30 years in business. He has performed over 20 thousand cataract surgeries and is a strong believer that the best patient care occurs when the patient’s doctors are involved in every aspect of their health.

With offices in all other major cities across the state, Southwestern Eye Center will provide more convenience for patients in need of cataract surgery and other areas of medical eye care in southern Arizona. The Tucson office is located at 5632 East 5th Street and the Green Valley location is at 1055 N. La Canada Drive, Suite 131. Southwestern Eye Center has 23 additional locations in Arizona and three in New Mexico. They are continuing to grow statewide with new practices and physicians. For more information about Southwestern Eye Center and its new practices, visit or call (480) 892-8400.