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After providing relief to the spectacle frame industry yesterday, June 9, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) began denying exclusion requests filed by companies, including The Vision Council, for plano sunglasses, over-the-counter reading glasses, and prescription lenses. The USTR has not yet acted on all open applications for exclusions for…

Today, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published notice that it is granting exclusions from the China 301 duties for spectacle frames classifiable in subheadings 9003.11.0000 or 9003.19.0000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. By excluding both subheadings from the China 301 duties, the USTR’s decision covers spectacle…

Reopeneyecare.com, the recently launched digital platform sponsored by The Vision Council designed to help eyecare providers navigate the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses, has introduced…

The Vision Council serves as a leading resource for the most comprehensive optical industry research, fielding surveys on a regular basis to monitor attitudes and behaviors among consumers, industry member companies and eyecare professionals. Below is a snapshot of compelling data from the research team’s recent studies.

Nearly 70% of…

On Friday, May 29 President Trump announced that the U.S. will begin the process of revoking Hong Kong’s differential treatment from China, based on a belief that the territory is no longer autonomous from China. Most notably, this indicates that Hong Kong will no longer be treated as a separate Customs territory. Additionally, the contemplated…

The Vision Council serves as a leading resource for the most comprehensive optical industry research, fielding surveys on a regular basis to monitor attitudes and behaviors among consumers, industry member companies and eyecare professionals. Below is a snapshot of compelling data from the research team’s recent studies.

Almost half of…

    
Dear Member,

I hope you are managing to stay safe and sane during these challenging times. I wanted to provide an update on the Lens Processing & Technology (LPT) Division activities at The Vision Council.

It is my pleasure to introduce our new LPT Liaison, Michael Vitale, The Vision Council’s Senior Technical…

The Vision Council’s latest webinar is now available for download. Presented by The Vision Council’s research team on May 21, the presentation provides an updated view on consumer, member and eyecare provider sentiment and behavior based on recent study results.

Dear Member,

I hope you are managing to stay safe and sane during these challenging times. I wanted to provide an update on the Lab Division activities at The Vision Council.

As many of you are aware, Steve Sutherlin who has served as our Lab Division Liaison has recently retired. We thank Steve for his countless contributions…

At the request of members as well as the industry at large, The Vision Council has created a compilation of information regarding best sanitization methods for products and packages. The summary includes information regarding:

  • Cleaning solutions
  • Steps for cleaning products
  • Operating assumptions for handling…