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BENSON EYECARE CORPORATION NAMES JACK V. GUNION PRESIDENT AND CEO OF BENSON OPTICAL AND DOLPH SEIDENSTICKER CEO OF BENSON MSO

 NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Benson Eyecare Corporation (AMEX: EB) announced today that it appointed Jack V. Gunion president and chief executive officer of the company's Benson Optical subsidiary. Benson Optical operates approximately 210 retail optical dispensaries, selling prescription eyewear, sunglasses and accessories, primarily to the ophthalmology community.
 The company also named Dolph Seidensticker chief executive officer of its newly created management services organization, Benson MSO. Mr. Seidensticker will be responsible for developing managed care programs and other practice development and cost containment products for Benson MSO. These programs will be developed in close conjunction with Benson Optical and its affiliated ophthalmologists. Benson Eyecare intends initially to develop Benson MSO in the California market and will use its existing ophthalmology relationships and Fritch Eye Care Center, a Bakersfield, Calif.-based provider of comprehensive primary, medical and surgical eyecare, as a base for this development. The company announced on March 15 that it signed a letter of intent to acquire Fritch Eye Care Center.
 Mr. Gunion, 49, has over 20 years of experience in the retail industry. Most recently he served as president and chief operating officer of the Discovery Zone L.P., a children's fitness and entertainment company, which grew from three stores to more than 140 during his two-year tenure. Previously, he served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Eye Care Centers of America, Inc. where he successfully built a chain of optical superstores; and as president of the U.S. retail group of Genesco Inc., comprising of approximately 700 retail outlets.
 Mr. Mark Pratt, who has served as president of Benson Optical, will continue in his present capacity as chief operating officer.
 Mr. Seidensticker, 57, is a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based benefits management expert specializing in the field of managed care. With over 25 years experience in managed care and benefits programs, Mr. Seidensticker most recently was chief executive of the consulting firm, Seidensticker & Blake. Previously he was a managing principal at A. Foster Higgins & Co. and vice president of Johnson & Higgins. Mr. Seidensticker will develop a total eyecare managed care program in states where Benson Optical has existing relationships with ophthalmologists.
 "The experience these two talented individuals bring to Benson Eyecare will make an important contribution to the development and integration of the group as we implement our business plans," said Martin E. Franklin, chairman and chief executive officer of Benson Eyecare. "These appointments are commensurate with the expansion of our group's activities."
 Benson Eyecare Corporation is a holding company whose subsidiaries serve principally the ophthalmic community. The combined group operates approximately 210 optical dispensaries in 28 states with annual revenues of approximately $43 million.
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 /CONTACT: Martin E. Franklin of Benson Eyecare Corporation, 212-754-2800, or Fred Spar of Kekst and Company, 212-593-2655, for Benson Eyecare Corporation/
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