Lab Division

lab toolkitThe Lab Division of The Vision Council, composed of optical laboratories worldwide, provides information, publications, education, and programs to help members operate and improve their business and their lab operations.

A dedicated Lab Division Liaison, Steve Sutherlin, can answer questions, respond to concerns, and provide direction to receive professional answers to industry issues. For division resources, including meeting agendas, steering committee roster, and the most recent Lab Benchmarking Report, visit the secure content page for Lab Division Members.

Download a summary of our full listing of division benefits, the Lab Division Toolkit, by clicking here

EPIC - The Electronic Progressive Identifier Catalog

The Vision Council launched the Electronic Progressive Identifier Catalog (EPIC) – available for the first time in an online format in 2018. The website is the industry-standard guide to the identifying marks engraved on progressive addition lenses. Previously, the catalog was available for order in hard copy and pdf only.

This latest edition contains graphics for more than 350 lens designs distributed in the United States and Canada, showing the markings that identify the lens supplier, lens name, lens material, filters and corridor lengths. Diagrams include the relative position of the fitting cross, as well as the lens suppliers' recommended minimum fitting height. The catalog also contains several indexes, listing the lenses according to: identifying symbols, lens supplier name, minimum recommended height, lens name, extended range of add power, and custom progressive designs.

EPIC can be found at Please direct questions to Paul Wade, Lens Processing & Technology Division Liaison at

Workplace Regulatory Compliance, Legal Assistance & Organizational Resources

The Vision Council offers resources to assist member organizations with a variety of workplace operational issues, including Optical Product Code (OPC) management. A Workplace Safety Compliance Checklist is also now available, designed to assist all lab division members with the steps necessary to ensure a safe workplace.

The Vision Council Lab Division is also updating the Chemical Management and OSHA compliance resources to reflect numerous regulatory changes over the past several years. We will be sending a series of memos during 2018 and 2019, with training, templates, references, and OSHA required written programs. Links to the memos are included below:

SDS Library

3E Service is an online SDS management solution which efficiently manages SDSs, produces labels for secondary containers, generates reports and much more. Find out more here.

Regulations & Business Advocacy

The Lab Division and The Vision Council’s Federal and State Government Affairs Team actively monitor a number of key issues for labs including:

Visit the Government & Regulatory Affairs section of the website where guidance documents prepared for members may be obtained.

Production Standards & Technical Assistance

For access to the latest industry standards, click here.

For technical assistance, or questions regarding ANSI, ISO, ASTM, and the various standards and technical committees that operate within The Vision Council, all members have access to The Vision Council’s Senior Technical Director and Lens Division Liaison, Michael Vitale, at

The Optical Lab Industry's Premier Event

The Lab Division meeting is the complete lab event. Each component has been thoughtfully designed to help lab professionals grow and succeed, from education to exclusive receptions and events, including The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame. Learn more about the Lab Division Meeting.  Agendas, notes and other resources from the past meetings can be found here.

Learn more about The Vision Council’s events, including the Vision Expos, COLA Spring Meeting, and member discounts on trade show booths and attendance.


COLA represents full-service optical labs from California and other Western states. This committee also hosts an annual Spring Meeting featuring the latest industry updates and educational sessions.

Marketing and Communications Consulting Services

Members of The Vision Council’s Lab Division have exclusive access to marketing and communications consulting services tailored specifically to optical labs with Dan Bailey at a discounted rate - just for being a member. From marketing strategy to website assistance, logo creation and social media planning, find out more about the marketing and communication services included, and how to take advantage of this benefit.

Additional resources are also available to assist member organizations with marketing and communication efforts including NLRB-approved social media policy templates.

Engage Your Accounts: Tools for Members

Print products are available for members for use within their workplace or distribution to customers:

  • Clear Choices - YOUR Eyes, YOUR Lenses, YOUR Choices (for patients)
  • Indispensable Dispensing Guide Book (for dispensers)

Shipping Management Services

The Vision Council has partnered with management consultants Aligned Growth Partners, LLC, and Transportation Impact to help Lab Division member companies reduce shipping costs with a state-of-the-art, user-friendly transportation management system that saves companies an average of 22%. Labs that spend $2,500 per month or more on FedEx and/or UPS small parcel shipping services can reduce those costs through small parcel and freight negotiation as well as parcel post audit. Learn more about shipping management services.

Cyber-Security Poster

Protect your lab, and customers, from cyber-criminals.

Viruses, phishing attacks and ransomware hidden in emails and other devices can cause loss of data, cripple your network and effectively stop your business—and your job—for days. To make sure cyber-security is top-of-mind in your lab and around your customers' offices, The Vision Council, in conjunction with, has developed a "quick tips" poster that can be placed in any work environment. Download this printable poster here to equip your lab and share with your customers. For more information on cyber security, view The Vision Council's latest articles on preventing damage from ransomware and proper email practices for cyber security.

Consumer Education and Outreach

Consumer Education and Outreach Communicating the importance of vision care and vision care products to the public is a priority for The Vision Council. Through media relations, marketing and advertising campaigns, online outreach, special events and partnerships, The Vision Council makes sure that all consumers hear about the importance of taking care of their vision and are educated about the variety of eyewear options available to them. Current key topics include digital eye strain, UV protection and eyewear/sunwear fashion trends. In addition, The Vision Council is a proud supporter of the Think About Your Eyes national public awareness campaign for annual eye exams.

"One Pair Won't Work" Campaign

The Vision Council's Lab Division is working to raise the tide for the industry at large with its "One pair won't work" campaign, aimed at driving the sales of multiple pairs. The campaign utilizes poster displays, dispensing table displays and job stuffers to encourage patients to talk to their eyecare provider about the need for multiple pairs, and ultimately purchase multiple pairs of frames with different lenses to meet their unique eyewear needs and complement their lifestyles. The materials lead patients to, where they can learn about the various lens technologies available and how to pick the right glasses for their needs. Find out how to get involved and access the campaign materials here.

Local and National Discount Program

Members of The Vision Council's Lab Division have exclusive access to PerkSpot, a one-stop shop for exclusive discounts at some of your favorite national and local merchants. All employees of The Vision Council's member organizations can use PerkSpot to find hundreds of deals on everything from household essentials to once-in-a-lifetime vacations. PerkSpot is mobile optimized, so you can access it at home, from work, or on the go.

Learn more about additional benefits available to members of The Vision Council, including: