Lens Division

Lens Division

The Lens Division of The Vision Council, composed of eyeglass lens manufacturers, is responsible for creating lens standards and regulations, reviewing lens-specific manufacturing issues, and educating eye care providers about the latest trends in lens technology. The Lens Division supports national and international standards activities including ANSI, ISO and ASTM.

A dedicated Lens Division Liaison, Michael Vitale, is available to answer questions, respond to concerns, and provide direction and professional answers to industry issues.

For division resources, including meeting agendas, reports, and other information, visit the secure content page for Lens Division Members.

COVID-19 Reopening Guidance

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 to help as members prepare to reopen to serve their customers and patients. The summary includes information regarding:

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

Click here to read Sanitization Operating Assumptions.

Lens Technical Committees

The Lens Division forms standing committees and ad hoc task forces of volunteer experts to address technical issues in response to member needs. The groups routinely meet, often in conjunction with the Vision Expo trade shows, to solve shared technical problems that affect our industry. Learn more about the technical committees operating under the Lens Division.

Standards for Lenses

Developing standards for lenses is a key component to The Vision Council's technical initiatives. Contributing groups include the Lens Technical Committee, the Data Communication Standard Committee and the Lens Product Description Standard Committee.

To access these standards, please click 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 http://epic.thevisioncouncil.org. Please direct questions to Michael Vitale.

Lens Division Meetings

Discuss the latest news related to the Lens Division and receive tailored updates from industry leaders at the Division Meeting held in conjunction with Vision Expo West and The Vision Council’s annual Executive Summit. Click here for the latest agenda and other resources from the Lens Division Meeting.

AR Lens Clinical Study

The Vision Council Lens Division commissioned a clinical study analyzing antireflective (AR) and non-AR lens performance during contrast sensitivity testing and daily activities. The study looked objectively and subjectively at the reduction of glare, increased acuity, and increase in contrast sensitivity when wearing AR lenses vs. non-AR lenses. A whitepaper summarizing the findings of the study is available to members of The Vision Council, and can be downloaded here.

In support of the report’s release, Janice McMahon and Rebecca Zoltoski of the Illinois College of Optometry presented at The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc. (ARVO) Annual Meeting on subjective and objective performance of antireflective lenses during daily activities. The poster from this presentation can be seen here.

Guidelines and Reports

View the latest Lens Division Guidelines and Reports, including the Mass Lens Manufacturers Focimetry Study summary and the summary of studies on Computer Vision Syndrome and Digital Eye Strain.

Download the most recent version of the Lens Impact Resistance Guideline by visiting the Standards page of the site.