The Vision Council announce the publication of new eye protection standard

The Vision Council is pleased to announce the publication by ASTM of a new eye protection standard, ASTM F3164-19 Standard Specification for Eye Protectors for Racket Sports (Racquetball, Squash, Tennis). This new standard replaces the previous requirements for racket sports eye protection contained within ASTM F803 Standard Specification for Eye Protectors for Selected Sports.
ASTM F3164-19 Standard Specification for Eye Protectors for Racket Sports (Racquetball, Squash, Tennis) provides performance requirements for both plano and prescription eye protection devices. The standard dictates frame and lens minimum robustness requirements (impact resistance), optics requirements and downstream Rx filling requirements for optical laboratories and opticians/dispensers prior to delivering racket sports eyewear to the customer. The standard applies to all plano and prescription sports eyewear worn for “racquetball, squash and/or tennis.”

The new standard supersedes ASTM F803-01 – Standard Specification for Eye Protectors for Selected Sports as is appropriate for racket sports. This represents five years of work by a team of industry experts led by ASTM F08.57 Chairman Dale Pfriem of Protective Equipment Consulting Services, Vice Chair Jim Archibald of STX Lacrosse, and principle contributing members Michael C. Vitale of The Vision Council, Karl Citek of American Optometric Association and David Petit of ICS Laboratories.

This is the third standard to be excised from the general F803 document to address more specific requirements for a specialized category of products – the others being ASTM F3077-17 Standard Specification for Eye Protectors for Women’s Lacrosse and ASTM F2713-18 Standard Specification for Eye Protectors for Field Hockey. The F803 moniker has been exploited resulting in misleading and overbroad compliance claims. It is crucial that eyecare professionals including clinicians, opticians, optical laboratories and dispensers be aware that ASTM F803 eye protectors are no longer appropriate for these sports. To further prevent misuse of these standards, eyecare professionals should ask for documentation substantiating compliance of protective eyewear to the applicable sport standard and its issue revision date.
The aforementioned standards that were separated from ASTM F803 include modifications that aim to assure the standards keep pace with the latest advancements in these specific sport areas. These include important modifications to several portions of the previous F803 standard, including:
• Revised plano lens optical requirements and references to the current ANSI Z80.1-2015 Prescription Ophthalmic Lenses – Recommendations (Rx) protectors
• Changes and modifications to impact test protocols reflecting better ocular injury protection
• Modifications to marking guidelines
A copy of the standard publications is available through the ANSI Web Store.

ASTM committee F08.57 is a long-established group of protective eyewear experts comprised of manufacturers, eyecare practitioners and game and rule regulating authorities tasked with the development of national standards that apply to sports and recreational protective eyewear. ASTM is accredited by ANSI to develop national standards in this area.
Questions can be directed to Michael C. Vitale, The Vision Council’s Senior Technical Director and Lens Division Liaison, at

The IOT website now speaks Chinese and Portuguese

The IOT website now speaks Chinese and Portuguese

IOT continues to update its website to make t he information and knowledge available for all customers to manufacture the best lenses. From now on, all that information is available in two new languages, Portuguese and Chinese, which are added to the English and Spanish versions. The IOT website is evolving and growing to meet the needs of our customers. We are always looking for ways to connect with social network to share our extensive knowledge on optics and educate our customers about the state-of-the-art product and services offered by IOT. Find out more about IOT at

Speed Dating at Vision Expo West

Vision Expo West is pleased to introduce The Next Generation of Retailers – Speed Dating event at this year’s Show. For the first time ever, new and potential business owners will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with some of the industry’s most successful independent retailers to learn the ins and outs of business ownership.
New and potential business owners interested in participating can submit their application online.
Hosted by Erinn Morgan, editor-in-chief of Eyecare Business Magazine, and James Spina, editor-in-chief of 20/20 Magazine, the event will take place Thursday, Sept. 19 in The OPTImum Lounge (Booth #18130) from 3 p.m.–4p.m.
“I wish I had access to something like this when I was first starting out,” said Wendy Salle, owner of Salle Opticians and participating veteran retailer for the event. “It’s a great opportunity to bounce things off people who have already ‘been there, done that’ or to ask really pointed questions that you may not otherwise have an opportunity to ask.”

Participating retailers include:
• Edward Beiner, owner of Edward Beiner Eyewear
• Siobhán Burns, owner of The Eyeglass Lass
• Julia Gogosha, owner of Gogosha Optique
• Tanya Gill, OD and owner of Oakland Vision Center
• Stephanie Haenes, COO and owner of Art of Optiks
• Utenzi Miller, owner of Elegant Eyes
• Nate Ogura, owner of Eyes on Fremont
• Todd Rogers, owner of Todd Rogers Eyewear
• Selima Salaun, owner of Selima Optique
• Wendy Salle, owner of Salle Opticians

Following the event, a sangria reception hosted by Etnia Barcelona will be open to all Vision Expo West attendees.
“Etnia Barcelona is extremely excited to sponsor The Next Generation of Retailers – Speed Dating event,” said Pablo Cobian, U.S. general manager for Etnia Barcelona. “All the panel members are independent and unique in their own way, matching perfectly with the Etnia Barcelona core values. As the optical industry is expanding and growing, Etnia Barcelona is in a great position to partner with Vision Expo West to bring a fun new form of networking to the independent optician that helps build relationships across the industry.”
To register for Vision Expo West 2019, visit and be sure to follow along on all of Vision Expo’s social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Coburn Technologies introduces the new Spectrum Prismatic Lens Blocker

Coburn Technologies introduces the new Spectrum Prismatic Lens Blocker

Coburn Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest innovation in Lens Blocking Systems, the Spectrum Prismatic Lens Blocker. Designed for compatibility with all common surfacing machines, the Spectrum Prismatic Lens Blocker provides extremely precise alignment of the lens at the correct prism angle. It also provides all this functionality at a price point not previously seen in the marketplace.
The Spectrum Blocker measures the front curve of the lens and warns the operator if the blank is incorrect, virtually eliminating blank selection errors. This measurement can also be provided to the LMS for modification of back curve calculations to produce a more accurate lens.
The Spectrum Blocker is available with multiple blocking ring configurations from 50 mm to 63 mm and is also available in a plano (non-prismatic) version. The Spectrum Blocker will be on display at this year’s Vision Expo West 2019 in Las Vegas.


Replacing tape: Schneider’s new spin protection technology

Replacing tape: Schneider’s new spin protection technology

Problems with wrinkles, bubbles, detaching, commonly known with tape, are a thing of the past thanks to the SPP Modulo. It replaces tape to optimally protect the lens during the surfacing process utilizing UV-curable liquid protection layers. Evenly distributed across the lens, the layer optimally covers it while adhering tightly to it – even with extremely curved lenses or extreme flat top bifocals. Bubbles or wrinkles causing power or cosmetic defects are prevented. The lacquer lasts all shift long for uninterrupted processing and minimum downtime. The protection layer can be removed easily with Schneider’s tape-stripping technology.

opti to get a new home in 2021

Onwards to new horizons: in 2021, 2023 and 2025 opti will be held at the fairground “Messe Stuttgart”. The reason: in these odd years, fairground Munich is only able to give opti exhibitors a narrow window of time in which to construct their stands due to the “BAU”, the world’s leading trade fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems taking place beforehand. As this called the timing in January into question, the International Trade Show for Optics & Design will move to a different location during these years.

From the start it was clear that the date in January, a set-up period appropriate for the size of the trade show stands and the established opti runtime from Friday to Sunday were not negotiable. “Ultimately
we wanted to offer the market the best possible opti in the future as well,” says Dieter Dohr, chairman of the GHM. “A trade show that meets the high demands placed on it, which offers planning certainty, facilitates developments and continues to be a highlight in January for the entire optical industry.”