Ophthalmology and optometry is rapidly succumbing to acquisition and consolidation by private equity firms nationwide. The primary motive of private equity appears to be extraction of profit out of the practice and of older practice owners to maximize profit and exit strategy. Ophthalmologists will now become a commodity. Much has been said about the pros and cons of selling one's practice to private equity. There appears to be little upside for current associate doctors to stay or join a practice without any potential for partnership and profit sharing. Is anybody willing to share their experiences anonymously? Unfortunately, private equity's entry into ophthalmology has now created an environment where frank comment on the matter risks one's job. This is not right. A points of context I ask commentators to include. 1. Position prior to sale. Fully vested partner? New partner? Partnership track associate? Non partnership track associate? 2. Practice size. Single specialty? Multi specialty? Optometrists? 3. Practice location. Urban? Suburban? Rural? 4. Passive income opportunities before and after. Optical? ASC? Real estate? 5. Compensation. Pre and post sale. Above market? Below market? Fair market? 6. Contentment. Pre and post sale. Ability to practice medicine the way you choose? Satelliting? Vacation/flexible hours? Forced to sell patients optos photos/multifocal IOLs?