Vision care centers back open after FBI search

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Multiple Claris Vision centers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are back open after federal agents searched the offices on Wednesday.

The FBI and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General conducted a search at Koch Eye in Warwick, Eye Health Visision Center in Dartmouth and Koch Lasik & Aesthetics in Cranston on Wednesday.

By Thursday, the vision care centers were back open, and a receptionist for Koch Eye in Warwick told Eyewitness News they were seeing patients as usual.

Henry Boyer was one of them. He saw his doctor at the Dartmouth office on Thursday afternoon. He said the staff didn’t mention Wednesday’s search, but the patients were abuzz trying to figure out what prompted it.

“What in the world did they do to get the federal government to investigate them?” he wondered.

A spokeswoman for HHS told Eyewitness News she could neither confirm nor deny ongoing investigations, but suggested contacting the Rhode Island U.S. Attorney’s Office. The voicemail message for the U.S. Attorney’s spokesperson said he was out on furlough.

Claris Vision and Boston-based Candescent Partners, which lists Claris as a portfolio company, did not respond to inquiries as of Thursday evening.

Boyer said his appointment went well and his doctor asked to see him again in two weeks.

“The question going through my mind is, ‘Will they be there in two weeks?'” Boyer said.

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