Carl Zeiss Vision-Florida Hosts Open House

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(L to R) Don Oakley, Richard Hoerbelt and Fred Howard officially open Carl Zeiss
CLEARWATER, Fla.—Carl Zeiss Vision-Florida, formerly Tri-City Optical, showed off its new, high-tech capabilities to over 150 eyecare professionals at a grand re-opening on Feb. 5, 2009.

Attendees saw demonstrations of the lab’s new free-form generators, coaters, and robotic finishing equipment. The new technology was the result of a retooling undertaken by Zeiss and VSP Vision Care, which acquired Tri-City Optical in June 2008 to enhance their Perfect Vision lab network.

“Carl Zeiss Vision-Florida is the only lab in the Southeast that can offer in-house manufacturing of our most sophisticated personalized lenses, including Zeiss Individual,” said Fred Howard, Carl Zeiss Vision’s president Americas—Pacific, who hosted the event together with Richard Hoerbelt, lab manager, Don Oakley, VSP’s president for ophthalmic operations.

“At the same time, we’re providing in-house application of our most advanced coatings, such as Zeiss Carat Advantage and Teflon Clear Coat Lenses. We’ve made Carl Zeiss Vision-Florida a center for the customized lens revolution that we are creating nationwide,” according to Howard.