The Vision Council, California Optical Laboratories Association Officially 'Tie the Knot'

The Vision Council, California Optical Laboratories Association Officially 'Tie the Knot'

Final Merger Agreement Signed at COLA’s Spring Meeting

Alexandria, VA (May 2, 2013) - It's official: The Vision Council and the California Optical Laboratories Association (COLA) signed a definitive merger agreement this past week during COLA's Spring Meeting in San Diego under which COLA will join The Vision Council. The agreement, as previously announced in January 2013, was signed on Friday, April 26 by Raanan Naftalovich, chair of The Vision Council's Board of Directors, Virginia Susie Lesher, chair of The Vision Council's Optical Lab Division, and Lori Treadwell, president of COLA, in front of nearly 100 optical lab professionals in attendance at the meeting.

Under the terms of the agreement, the current COLA leadership will remain in place to ensure a seamless transition. COLA members will join The Vision Council as The California Lab Subcommittee under the Optical Lab Division umbrella, one of six operating divisions within The Vision Council that provide guidance, education programs, marketing materials, research, and advocacy outreach to address common interests among members. In addition, each individual COLA member is eligible to serve on the various committees, subcommittees and taskforces under The Vision Council structure.

The Vision Council leadership has committed to support the continuation of the association's programs, including their annual spring meeting. COLA members are also immediately eligible to receive all benefits and services offered by The Vision Council, including:

  • Member pricing for exhibiting at International Vision Expos
  • Complimentary optical industry research reports
  • No cost registration for the Optical Lab Division meeting (formerly THE OLA)
  • Member discounts for products and services
  • Technical representation

Over the next few months, COLA members will receive updates and information about the new programs and services available to them through The Vision Council. There will also be an in-person opportunity to learn more while networking, exploring exhibits and taking continuing education at the Optical Lab Division's annual meeting, October 2-5 in Las Vegas.

About The Vision Council

Serving as the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry through education, advocacy and consumer outreach. By sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts, The Vision Council serves as a resource to the public looking to learn more about options in eyeglasses and sunglasses. Learn more at or like us on Facebook

About the California Optical Laboratories Association (COLA)

Founded in 1957, the California Optical Laboratories Association is an organization of full-service optical laboratories from California and other Western states. Throughout the year, COLA provides scholarships to three optometry schools in California: Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO), UC Berkeley School of Optometry and Western University College of Optometry. In addition, COLA donates its time and money to two charitable organizations: Angels for Sight of Compton, Calif. and The Illumination Foundation of Orange County, Calif. For more information about COLA, contact Terry Yoneda at  or visit