The Vision Council Announces Publication of ANSI Z80.1-2015, Prescription Ophthalmic Lenses - Recommendations

The Vision Council Announces Publication of ANSI Z80.1-2015, Prescription Ophthalmic Lenses - Recommendations

Alexandria, VA (November 16, 2015) – The Vision Council, as the Secretariat Administrator for Accredited Standards Committee Z80, is pleased to announce the publication by ANSI of the 2015 revision of Standard Z80.1, Prescription Ophthalmic Lenses - Recommendations.

ANSI Z80.1 Standard, Prescription Ophthalmic Lenses – Recommendations, serves as a recommendation for optical laboratories and opticians/dispensers prior to delivering eyewear to the customer, and applies to all prescription spectacle lenses in the uncut, edged and completed/assembled form. The 2015 revision of Standard Z80.1 supersedes the 2010 Standard and represents five years of work by a team of 22 Industry experts, led by Chairman Dick Whitney of Carl Zeiss Vision, Vice Chair Rick Tinson of Hoya Vision Care, and Secretary Karl Citek, OD, PhD, representing the American Optometric Association.

This important revision includes modifications and additions that have been made to assure that this standard stays current with the latest industry and technology advancements. This publication includes modifications to several portions of the standard, including:

  • Updates to the Scope and Purpose sections to better reflect how the committee believes the standard should be used in today's environment.
  • Changes and modifications to the definitions section, including the addition of "Position of Wear" definitions.
  • Additions to the optical requirements section, including further clarification of how tolerances should be applied to compensated lenses.
  • Modifications to marking guidelines.
  • The addition of a recommendation for minimum transmittance when driving, providing guidance and harmonizing with ANSI Z80.3 requirements in this area.
  • The addition of a reference to orientation of polarization.

 A copy of the standard publications is available in the ANSI webstore. A summary of the changes can be found in the foreword of the document.

The Accredited Standards Committee Z80 (ASC Z80) is a long established group tasked with the development of national standards that apply to prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, ophthalmic instruments and medical devices including intraocular lenses and laser systems, and is the only entity accredited by ANSI to develop national standards in the ophthalmic optics field.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact The Vision Council's Technical Director Michael Vitale.

About the ANSI Z80 Accredited Standards Committee for Ophthalmic Optics

The ANSI Z80 Accredited Standards Committee for Ophthalmic Optics develops and maintains American National Standards within its scope and develops U.S. positions at ISO. The Z80 Committee, established in 1956, is a U.S. national standards developer accredited by ANSI. Its current chairman is Dr. Thomas White of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The committee, made up of 18 voting organizations and more than 200 participants, meet twice a year.

About The Vision Council

Championing better vision for better lives, The Vision Council positions its members for success by promoting growth in the vision care industry through education, advocacy, research, consumer outreach, strategic relationship building and industry forums. 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.