Carl Zeiss Vision Laboratories

Founded: 2000

HQ.: San Diego, Calif.

No. of Locations: 16

No. of Employees: 860

Key Executives: (North America) Jens Boy, president; Steve Mitrakos, senior vice president retail; Greg DiPasquale, senior vice president independent ECP; Claude Labeeuw, vice president marketing; Ulrich Schneider, director Rx operations

Owner: Carl Zeiss AG, Germany

Trade Names: Carl Zeiss Vision—B&W, Carl Zeiss Vision—California, Carl Zeiss Vision—Cumberland, Carl Zeiss Vision—Georgia, Carl Zeiss Vision—Great Lakes, Carl Zeiss Vision—Iowa, Carl Zeiss Vision—Kansas City, Carl Zeiss Vision—Kentucky, Carl Zeiss Vision—North Central, Carl Zeiss Vision—Northeast, Carl Zeiss Vision—Northwest, Carl Zeiss Vision—Siouxland, Carl Zeiss Vision—Southeastern, Carl Zeiss Vision— Texas, Carl Zeiss Vision—Virginia

Key Markets: Nationwide

2015 Est. Net Sales: $158 million

Rx Sales: $143 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 10,250

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 25%

Comments: Zeiss brand lenses and coatings, Zeiss Individual 2 PhotoFusion by Zeiss, Duravision Platinum by Zeiss, Duravision BlueProtect by Zeiss, SOLA and AO lenses.

Cherry Optical

Founded: 1999

HQ./Main Lab Location: Green Bay, Wis.

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 39

Key Executives: Adam Cherry, Lynn Cherry, Joe Cherry

Owners: Adam Cherry, Lynn Cherry, Joe Cherry

Trade Names: Safety Optix, Cherry Approved, Cherry Approved AR, Independence, Independence HD, Modern PAL, Quantum 2, Quantum 2 HD, Northern Comfort, HD SV, HD Wrap SV, Chromapop SV, Chromapop Wrap SV, Chromapop PAL, Chrompapop Wrap PAL

Key Markets: Worldwide

2015 Est. Net Sales: $9.1 million

Rx Sales: $8.9 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 425

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 28%

Comments: Offers a wide scope of training and educational services for independent, private practice optometry, such as “What’s New University” at Lambeau Field on March 19, 2016. Contributes annually to state optometry and paraprofessional organization. Supports customers by working with them to create customized programs to grow their business.

Digital Eye Lab
(a division of ABB Optical Group)

Founded: 2007

HQ./Main Lab Location: Hawthorne, N.Y.

Number of locations: 1

No. of Employees: 120

Key Executives: Scott Pearl, managing director; Vince Monaghan, VP of manufacturing

Owner: ABB Optical Group

Trade Names: Digital Eye Lab

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales:
$35.5 million

Rx Sales: $35.5 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 1,625

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 50%

Comments: On-site AR coating lab as well as extensive lens finishing center. National sales organization. Proprietary products include Digital 5.0, Digital Master Series, Curve PAL and SV wrap designs, Claris AR, Claris bluDefense, Sector, Curve coating. VSP-enabled lab, Shamir Glacier fabrication.

Diversified Ophthalmics Laboratory Group

Founded: 1977

HQ./Main Lab Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

No. of Locations: 13

No. of Employees: 96

Key Executives: Ronald Cooke, president/CEO; Daniel Woebkenberg, VP sales and marketing; Keith Ansley, VP, operations

Owner: Closely held corporation

Trade Names: DLAB, DO Southeast, DO Washington, OptiSource, PurSite, Salt Lake Optical, Summit Optical, TriOptics, Firestone Optics

Key Markets: Ga. Idaho, Ill., Ind., Kan., Ky., La., Mo., Mich., Mont., N.C., Ohio, Pa., S.C., Tenn., Texas, Utah, Va., Wash., Wis., W.Va.

2015 Est. Net Sales: $32.3 million

Rx Sales: $16 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 1,212

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 25%

Comments: Full service labs with ophthalmic lens and RGP manufacturing capabilities. Named 2012 and 2005 Transitions “Lab of the Year.” Transitions Platinum Elite Laboratory. Transitions Heritage Lab. Authorized Varilux distributor. VSP contract lab. Signet Armorlite partner lab. Operates in-house Crizal coating center. AR branded products includes PureSite Preference Platinum. Free-form digital surfacing, including PureSite Digital lenses, Essilor lenses, Kodak lenses, and Shamir lenses. Specializes in premium lenses. Offers eyeglass and contact lens packages, Perfect View frame-and-lens value packages, certified continuing education seminars and staff training. Proprietary products include PureSite Lenses, PureSite Digital, PureSite Preference AR, Practice Maximus Elite EHR; special services and programs include Transitions with AR Programs, Frames Travel Programs, Seminars, RIP, Perfect View, DBAN, Eye to the Sky. On-line and electronic ordering. Remote frame tracing. Member of the Vision Council, Vision Council Lab Division and AR Council. Named 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013 LabTalk magazine’s top ten Web Site of the Year. Named 2009 top Web Site.

Essilor Laboratories of America (ELOA)

Founded: 1996

HQ./Main Lab Location: Dallas, Texas

No. of Locations: 126

No. of Employees: 6,560

Key Executives: Steve Nussbaumer, president, Essilor Lab Group; Mike McCollum, senior VP lab operations; Mike Nathe, senior VP regional management; Paul Owston, VP lab network sales

Owner: Essilor International

Trade Names: 21st Century Optical, ABBA Contact Lens, AccuRX Inc., Advance Optical, Apex, Aspen Optical, Balester, Barnett & Ramel, Bartley Optical, Beitler-McKee Optical, Bell Optical Labs, Bristow Optical, Central One Optical, Cherry Optical, Classic Optical, Collard Rose Optical, Crown Optical, CSC, Custom Eyes, Dash Lab, DBL Labs, Deschutes Optical, Duffens Optical, Dunlaw Optical, e.Magine, East Coast Ophthalmic, Elite Optical, ELOA Boston, ELOA New Jersey, Empire Optical, Epic Labs, Eyecare Express, Focus Optical, Future Optical FL, Gold Optical, Gulf States Optical, Heard Optical, Hi-Tech, Homer Optical, iCoat, Jorgenson Optical, Interstate Optical, Kosh Ophthalmic, LensTech, Meridian Optical, McLeod Optical, MGM Optical, Midland Optical, Milroy, NEA Optical, New City Optical, Omega Optical, Omni Optical Lab, Optic Blue, Optical Suppliers Inc., Optical Supply, Opti-Craft, Optogenics of Syracuse, Pech Optical, Perferx Optical, Plunkett Optical, Precision Optical Company, Precision Optics, Premier Optics, Professional Opthalmic Labs, Reliable Optics, S&G Optical, Select Optical, Southern Optical, Spectrum Optical, Sunstar Optical, Sutherlin Optical, Tri-Supreme, Truckee Meadows, Twin City Optical, Vision Craft Inc, Winchester, WOS Optical

Key Markets: Local and National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $1,350 million

Rx Sales: $1,296 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 82,400

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 30%

Comments: Proprietary products include Varilux lenses, Crizal UV anti-reflective coatings, Definity lenses, Kodak lenses, Shamir lenses, Xperio UV polarized lenses, Opti-Fog lenses, Transitions photochromic lenses, Sharpview anti-reflective coating, Airwear lenses, LiteStyle and Ultra LiteStyle lenses. Services and programs include PracticeBuilder, PracticeBuilder Loyalty, MarketBuilder, ECP University, Needs Based Solutions, Pair 50, Daily Double, Doctor Driven Process, Essilor Edge.

Expert Optics

Founded: 1979

HQ./Main Lab Location: Shorewood, Ill.

No. of Locations: 2

No. of Employees: 95

Key Executives: Greg Ruden, president; Don Ruden, CEO; Bob Pommier, director of laboratory operations; Bob Hughbanks, manager of training and education

Owner: Greg Ruden

Trade Names: Expert Best, Expert Basic, Expert Essential, Expert Elite, Expert Extreme

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $20.3 million

Rx Sales: $19.3 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 825

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 25%

Comments: Full service independent lab and wholesale distributor. Operates three free-form production lines that process numerous lens designs from the leading manufacturers including: AO Easy HD, Compact Ultra HD, Seiko Succeed, Seiko Supercede, Seiko Surmount, Shamir Attitude, Shamir Autograph, Shamir Element, Shamir Office, SOLA HDV, SOLA One HD, Varilux Comfort DRx, Varilux Physio DRx, Zeiss GT2 3D, Zeiss GT2 3DV, Zeiss Individual. The complete Crizal anti-reflective coating line anchors a 6,000 square foot coating facility which includes three coaters capable of processing all the AR coating brands from SOLA, Zeiss and Essilor. Distributes Kodak, Shamir, Varilux and Zeiss progressive lenses. Hosts annual Optical Preview Day featuring ABO-certified seminars. Implements environmentally-responsible business policies and promotes sustainability.
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Eye-Kraft Optical

Founded: 1954

HQ./Main Lab Location: Saint Cloud, Minn.

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 50

Key Executives: Floyd Lehne, president; Michael Moeller, treasurer; Jason Sharpe, vice president

Owner: Patricia Negaard

Trade Names: DSL, Eyelite, Eyelite Poly

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $7.8 million

Rx Sales: $5.7 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 571

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 1%

Comments: Full service, VBA-approved lab. Full line of digitally created lenses produced in-house. Offers lens and frame package including 130 stocked, high quality frame styles from nine manufacturers with various lens types. Accepts many forms of insurance, including MN Care. Affiliated with ophthalmic buying groups including The Alliance, America’s Doctors of Optometry, Block Vision Buying Group, C&E Vision Services, Hayes Marketing, Newton Professional Purchasing, Ophthalmic Education Institute, Wisconsin Vision Associates. Offers same-day service at no extra charge. Offers various AR coatings including Crizal and Crizal Alizé.

FEA Industries

Founded: 1984

HQ./Main Lab Location: Morton, Pa.

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 72

Key Executives: Chrystal Colflesh, general manager; Chris Heeney, operations manager; William H. Heffner, IV, IT and marketing

Owner: William H. Heffner, III

Trade Names: Independence AR lenses, Eagle free-form lenses, HD bifocals, Constitution free-form

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $14.2 million

Rx Sales: $13.9 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 1,730

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 86%

Comments: Family owned for 31 years. One of the only labs in U.S. manufacturing glass free-form lenses. Authorized Shamir, IOT and Signet Armorlite glass free-form. Proprietary products include Independence AR lenses, Constitution free-form lenses, Eagle free-form lenses, HD Multifocals, glass free-form.

Hoya Vision Care

Founded: 1941

HQ./Main Lab Location: Lewisville, Texas

No. of Locations: 32

No of Employees: 1,340

Key Executives: Barney Dougher, president; Gregg Fowler, VP sales and marketing; Rick Tinson, VP of inventory control; Kraig Black, VP information services; Mike Dougher, VP technology and operations; Jason White, VP finance; Don Dakin, director of sales analysis; Dr. Greg Hicks, director of professional affairs; Dr. Anne Marie Lahr, director of education; Carson Utech, area sales director, Western region; Travis Labreck, area sales director, Eastern region

Owner: Hoya Corporation

Trade Names: Hoya Atlanta, Hoya Baltimore, Hoya Birmingham, Hoya Boise, Hoya Chicago, Hoya Cleveland, Hoya Dallas, Hoya Dayton, Hoya Denver, Hoya Eugene, Hoya Hartford, Hoya Houston, Hoya Iowa, Hoya Jackson, Hoya Knoxville, Hoya Largo, Hoya Las Vegas, Hoya Lewiston, Hoya Los Angeles, Hoya Michigan, Hoya Modesto, Hoya New Orleans, Hoya Phoenix, Hoya Portland, Hoya Salina, Hoya San Antonio, Hoya San Diego, Hoya Seattle, Hoya South Carolina, Hoya St. Louis, Hoya IMC Central, Hoya Corporate

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $310 million*

Rx Sales: $294.5 million*

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 14,000*

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 20%

Comments: Hoya Vision Care is a nationwide network of full-service labs with high performance proprietary free-form lens designs and patented anti-reflective coating technology. Proprietary products include iD Free Form Series: MyStyle, InStyle. LifeStyle2 Harmony and Clarity, LifeStyle and Single Vision; Array Free-Form Series; iQ Free Form Series: Summit ecp iQ, Summit cd iQ, ST28 iQ, Single Vision; Amplitude Free-Form Series; Distortion Free Optics - Free Form Vision System; Performance Designs: Summit ecp, Summit cd, GP Wide. New Media Optics: SYNC BKS, SYNC, TACT BKS, TACT. Proprietary lens materials: 1.70, Eyry, 1.67 Eynoa, 1.60 Eyas, 1.53 Phoenix, 1.50. Proprietary Lens Coatings: Super HiVision EX3, Super HiVision, Recharge EX3, Recharge, HiVision, View Protect, Diamond Tint UV, Suntech photochromic. Special Services/Programs include HHP (Hoya Honors Program).

*Vision Monday estimates

Icare Labs

Founded: 1968

HQ./Main Lab Location: St. Petersburg, Fla.

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 95

Key Executives:
Scott Payne, chairman; Skip Payne, president; James Payne, director of IT; Danny Payne, director of operations; Greg Gehrig, CFO; James Stephany, director of sales

Owners: The Payne family

Trade Names: Icare Labs, ICL365, Sea Vision USA

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $19.6 million

Rx Sales: $18.6 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 1,550

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 65%

Comments: Full-service, family owned and operated. Offers all major lens brands such as Varilux, Kodak, Zeiss and Hoya. Operates in-house Crizal AR coating center. Offers own ICE AR brand. In-house digital lab produces Essilor, Varilux, Shamir and own legacy series. Proprietary brands include ICE AR, Legacy digital lenses. Authorized distributor of all major lens brands. Manufactures specialized sport prescription lens products including SeaVision dive masks and swim goggles. Fully automated digital production line along with robotic edging. Online proprietary ordering and resource center.;

Identity Optical
(a division of Acuity Optical Labs)

Founded: 2012

HQ./Main Lab Location: Normal, Ill.

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 44

Key Executives: Peter Kimerling, Dan Stevens, Adam Rosengren, Nick Williams

Harlan Hankins, Chad Wolenhaupt

Trade Names: Identity Optical

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $5.6 million

Rx Sales: $5.6 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 620

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 10%

Comments: Proprietary products include LifeScape, Titanium AR.

Laramy-K Optical

Founded: 1989

HQ./Main Lab Location: Indianola, Iowa

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 26

Key Executives: John Larson, general manager

Owners: Janet Benjamin, John Larson, Keith Benjamin

Trade Names: Integrity

Key Markets: Worldwide

2015 Est. Net Sales: $5.4 million

Rx Sales: $5.2 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 340

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 100%

Comments: Proprietary products include the Integrity Series free-form lenses, which includes 14 lifestyle designs. Offers Camber technology from Younger Optics. First independent lab to use A&R Optical Machinery’s Dual Lens Mapper for quality control in the U.S. Offers lentcularization to match the frame shape, digital slabs, prism up to 7 degrees and some atypical power ranges on specified base curves. Produces AR coatings in-house, including four ultra-premium coatings: Ultra (blue residual), Ice (no residual), UVARITY (addressing reflected UV and HEV) and DES (Digital Eye Strain). All premium coatings topped with a powder coat for easy processing. Open Optix free, online education offering ABO and NCLE study guides as well as practice tests, soon to be updated, along with many other educational topics. Online store for tools and consumables and a “My Patient Is Waiting” anonymous program for instant information in materials and applications. Currently installing a second free-form (Schneider) line.

Luzerne Optical Laboratories

Founded: 1973

HQ./Main Lab Location: Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 200

Key Executives: Jack Dougherty, president; Lorraine Dougherty, VP; Neil Dougherty, GM; John Dougherty, VP purchasing

Owner: Dougherty family

Trade Names: TheraBlue, iFit Dispensing System (iFDS),CrownView, FreeFocus, FeelSoft Plasma Treatment, BlueScreen, Polar365, SightStar, PhotoFashion, DuraCurve, Crizal Easy UV, Crizal Alizé UV, Crizal Avancé UV, Crizal Sunshield UV, Crizal UV with Optifog, Crizal Prevencia, TD2, Teflon, Advantage, Carat and Foundation XT, EVC-enhanced visual clarity, Zeiss PureCoat, Teflon Elite, Zeiss Allure, Unity.

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $39.5 million

Rx Sales: $38.3 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 2,200

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 46%

Comments: Family owned and operated lab; offers wide range of exclusive promotions, customer incentive and educational programs. Has field-consultant force offering practice development, business reviews and private consultations. Leading producer specializes in processing all major brands of free-form progressive lenses in-house. Offers digital iPad=based iFit dispensing system. Authorized empower! Life-Activated Eyewear Laboratory. Manufactures TheraBlue, FreeFocus, SightStar, Polar365, PhotoFashion, Camber, Crossbows, Varilux, Zeiss, Definity, Transitions, Essilor, Shamir, Kodak, Hoya, Polycore, Optima, Pixel Optics, Kaenon, Seiko, Unity, Vision-Ease, Marinelli, DriveWear premium lenses and difficult Rx’s. Offers frames, frame/lens package programs, Chemistrie eyewear, stock lenses, sunglasses, safety eyewear, soft contacts, low vision and pharmaceuticals. Operates in-house AR facilities producing EVC–enhanced visual clarity, Crizal Easy UV, Alizé UV, Avancé UV, Crizal Sunshield UV, Crizal UV with Optifog, Crizal Prevencia, TD2, Zeiss PureCoat, Teflon Elite, Teflon, Zeiss Allure, Zeiss Super & Gold ET, Advantage, Carat, Foundation XT, Unity: Classic/Plus/Elite UV, Kodak Clean&CleAR UV, and Mirror coatings. Award-winning in-house gas perm contact lens facility produces custom DuraCurve aspheric GPs. Offers complex wrap Rx sunglass finishing services. Provides advanced remote ordering with RxWizard, VisionWeb, Paradeyes and Eyefinity software via the web. Vendor lab for Block and most major buying groups. VSP & VBA approved lab.

MJ Optical

Founded: 1988

HQ./Main Lab Location: Omaha, Neb.

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 55

Key Executives: Matt Hagge, Mike Hagge, Morrie Hagge, David Mize, Parke Wilkinson, Marty Hagge, Mitch Hagge

Owner: Mary Hagge

Trade Names: None

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $11.9 million

Rx Sales: $8.6 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 1,157

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 52%

Comments: Proprietary products include MJFP frame program, Titanium drill mount frame and lens program, safety programs, W Frames and Lenses, glass surfacing. Services and programs include IM house AR, computerized drill mount and drill mount edger, Digital SV, digital progressives (Platinum HD), contact lenses.

Nexus Vision Group

Founded: 2004

HQ./Main Lab Location: Grove City, Ohio

No. of Locations: 8

No. of Employees: 89

Key Executives: Gerry Shaw, managing partner; executive management team: Gerry Shaw, Joey Jones, Frank Soppa

Owner: Privately held, seven partners

Trade Names: None

Key Markets: Ill., Ohio, N.C., S.C., Tenn., Fla., Ala., La., Minn.

2015 Est. Net Sales: $15.0 million

Rx Sales: $14.5 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 825

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 20%

Comments: Proprietary products include Nexus branded lenses and AR coating services: Proprius HD/US/DS/DH, Provectus HD, Initial, Professional, Ntermediate, Patriot, Dualtek, Carbonite, Nvision Plus, Nvision, Vision Plus, Vision, Rhythm, Nextreme. Services and programs include full digital surfacing facility, in-house AR processing, advanced edging and finishing capabilities. Nextreme Mirror lab program. Authorized lens vendor for Shamir, Seiko, Hoya, Varilux, Kodak, IOT, Younger, Vision Ease, and XCel. Chemistrie Clip authorized distributor.

Nova Optical Lab

Founded: 1996

HQ./Main Lab Location: Orangeburg, N.Y.

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 93

Key Executives: Jeff Duncan, president, Nassau Vision Group; Neil Rosen, vice president of operations

Owner: Essilor of America

Trade Names: Nassau Vision Group

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $16.4 million

Rx Sales: $16.4 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 1,150

Percentage of Uncut Jobs:

Comments: Nova Optical Lab is a division of Nassau Vision Group. Proprietary products include Shoreview Digital lenses, Shoreview Digital Advanced lenses, AR Triumph+, AR Synergy Crystal UV. Services and programs include surfacing, in-house AR coating, finishing, online ordering, same day shipping.

Precision Optical Group

Founded: 1992

HQ./Main Lab Location: Creston, Iowa

No. of Locations: 3

No. of Employees:

Key Executives: Lance Christensen, Judy Hodge, Warren Herron, Bob Sypniewski

Owner: Mike Tamerius

Trade Names: 4 You, 4 You Gold, POG HD, Zero Glare AR

Key Markets: Southeastern U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom

2015 Est. Net Sales: $22.4 million

Rx Sales: $16.8 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 1,950

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 65%

Comments: Full service lab offering low pricing and same day service nationwide, customized safety Rx-programs, in-house digital processing and on-site AR. Distributes semi-finish blanks and lab supplies to other wholesalers throughout the U.S., Canada, and China. Proprietary products include Zero Scratches, Zero Glare Plus UV, Zero Glare DES Plus UV, 4You Lens, Value Line frame and lens package, low cost name brand progressives. 100% FDA-compliant glass work facility. Only U.S.-authorized distributor for Ultra Optics products. VSP, VBA, and VCP authorized.

Robertson Optical Laboratories

Founded: 1958

HQ./Main Lab Location: Loganville, Ga.

No. of Locations: 3

No. of Employees: 117

Key Executives: Owners, Glenn Hollingsworth, director of lab operations, Danny DeVito, VP of sales and marketing

Calvin W. Robertson, Jr., Kelly R. Bowling, Calvin “Chip” W. Robertson, III

Trade Names: Robertson Optical Laboratories, Robertson Optical Laboratories of Columbia, Robertson Optical Laboratories of Greenville

Key Markets: Southeastern U.S.

2015 Est. Net Sales: $19.9 million

Rx Sales: $19.3 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day:

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 30%

Comments: On-site free-form technology and digital grinding offering service and quality on Carl Zeiss Customized lenses, Shamir Freeform lenses, Seiko Freeform lenses, Kodak Freeform lenses, Authorized Unity distributor, Younger Optical Camber lenses and ROL Coze Freeform Lenses. Full service labs servicing southeast for over 55 years with new lens products and new technologies. Two on-site AR coating facilities providing Royal AR coatings, RB Tech, InvigorEyes, Zeiss coatings and in-house mirror coatings. Distributes Carl Zeiss, Shamir, Seiko, Signet Armorlite, Vision Ease, Younger, Hoya, Essilor and other major lens brands. Approved VSP, VBA, VCP contract labs. Offers frame and lens packages, specializing in three-piece mounts, complex wraps, Chemistrie Custom Clips. Member VCA. Offers online ordering and job tracking.

Rochester Optical

Founded: 2001

HQ./Main Lab Location: Rochester, N.Y.

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 70

Key Executives: Patrick Ho, Peter Balash, Barbara Welty

Owner: Jeremy Ho

Trade Names: Smart Solutions, Smart GOLD, Smart Frames, High Society, Montreaux Eyewear, RO

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $12 million

Rx Sales: $10 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 800

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 22%

Comments: Supplies state and federal agencies, eyecare professionals and corporate customers with optical eyewear necessities. Proprietary products include Smart GOLD Lenses for smart glasses, RO digital free-form progressive lenses and Ole’ Diamante AR coating. Continually developing advances lens options for wearable technology.

Superior Optical Labs

Founded: 1991

HQ./Main Lab Location: Ocean Springs, Miss.

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 123

Key Executives:
Hal Walker, president; Jon Jacobs, vice president

Owners: Hal Walker, Jon Jacobs

Trade Names: Personalens, Exilar and Exilar Plus

Key Markets: Southeast

2015 Est. Net Sales: $15 million

Rx Sales: $14.7 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 850

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 2%

Comments: Specializes in safety contracts, VA eyeglass contracts. Offers in-house digital lens processing. Distributes Varilux lenses. Produces Crizal, Exilar and Exilar plus coatings in-house. Offers Red Tray program and value packages. Provides ECP seminars, optician services. VSP authorized. Value Package, Seminars, Optician Services.

Three Rivers Optical

Founded: 1969

HQ./Main Lab Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 68

Key Executives: Mary Ann Zappas, Joe Seibert, Steve Seibert

Owner: Seibert Family

Trade Names: None

Key Markets: Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Northeast

2015 Est. Net Sales: $18.8 million

Rx Sales: $18 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 1,525

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 45%

Comments: Operates in-house Crizal coating facility. Produces Essilor and Shamir Freeform lenses as well as Varilux, Zeiss, Crizal, See More Easy Clean top coat. Transitions, and proprietary TR O Seg bifocal and TR O SEG in all resin materials. Offers private label Discovery brand progressive lens and See More Valuehd and See More ICU backside fully digital progressives.

US Optical

Founded: 2008

HQ./Main Lab Location: East Syracuse, N.Y.

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 125

Key Executives: Ralph Cotran, Ron Cotran, Robert Cotran

Owners: Ralph Cotran, Ron Cotran, Robert Cotran

Trade Names: Fastest Lab in America!

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $38.5 million

Rx Sales: $38.5 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 2,200

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 65%

Comments: Proprietary products include Ultimate HD, Advanced HD, Wrap HD, PC HD, SV HD, SVWrap HD, PC HD and Digital AR coating. Offers Zeiss, Hoya, Essilor, Shamir, Seiko, Kodak, Crizal, Purecoat, Optifog Prevencia, Blutech, Duravision Silver, Thin Wrap; Carrera Exceed Sunglass Package Program.

VSPOne Optical Technology Centers

Founded: 1972

HQ./Main Lab Location: Sacramento, Calif.

No. of Locations: 15

No. of Employees: 1,143

Key Executives: Don Oakley, president; Joe Maris, senior vice president, lab operations; Edward Morris, senior vice president, sales; Dave Delle Donne senior vice president, business development

Owner: VSP Global

Trade Names: VSPOne Baltimore, VSPOne Charlotte, VSPOne Columbus, VSPOne Dallas, VSPOne Denver, VSPOne Fort Lauderdale, VSPOne Hawaii, VSPOne Houston, VSPOne Los Angeles, VSPOne New York, VSPOne Olympia, VSPOne Sacramento, VSPOne San Diego, VSPOne St. Cloud, VSPOne Tampa Bay

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $276 million

Rx Sales: $262 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 13,500

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 10%

Comments: Unity PLx, Unity PLxtra, Unity PLxpression, Unity PLxtreme, Sharper Image TechSheild, Ethos progressive lenses, Unity SVx Single Vision, Unity SVxtra Single Vision, Unity SVxtreme single vision, Unity CVx computer lenses, Unity Performance Coatings, Unity stock lenses, and Unity Lenses with blue light protection. Special services and programs include VSPOne Rewards Program, Second Pair Program. Offers on-site AR including Unity Performance Coatings and Crizal, Purecoat, Teflon, and Zeiss. In-network digital (customized/free-form) surfacing capabilities producing Unity, Shamir, SOLA, Varilux and Zeiss customized progressives and digital single vision products. Schneider automated surfacing technology. MEI and A&R automated finishing technology. Distributors of Hoya, Seiko-Pentax, Signet Armorlite, Transitions, Varilux, Vision Ease, Younger and Zeiss products.

Vision Dynamics Laboratory

Founded: 2007

HQ./Main Lab Location: Louisville, Ky.

No. of Locations: 1

No. of Employees: 75

Key Executives: John Dippold, president; Mike Yager, VP sales, Eric Lindquist, national accounts manager

Owners: Robert Miniutti, Jeffrey Plank

Trade Names: Vision Dynamics, Vision Dynamics Laboratory

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $10.8 million

Rx Sales: $6.5 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 780

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 40%

Comments: Proprietary products include Permatint, Sunsmart, Clearlight, Ultrasun, CFL. Specializes in glass lens processing. Offers pre-tinted polycarbonate and photochromic lenses.

Walman Optical Company

Founded: 1915

HQ./Main Lab Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

No. of Locations: 38

No. of Employees: 1,000

Key Executives: Marty Bassett, president/CEO; Dustin LaVelley, VP/CFO; Craig Giles, EVP; Mark Parker, EVP; Doug Schlauderaff, EVP; Lynn Askew, VP; Jon Dymit, VP; Bryan Schueler VP; Jobe Sellers, VP.

Owner: Employee-owned

Trade Names: ADO Practice Solutions, ImageWear, Walman Instruments, Walman Optical, X-Cel Specialty Contacts, Ultra Optics, Rite-Style Optical, Toledo Optical

Key Markets: National

2015 Est. Net Sales: $320 million

Rx Sales: $176 million

No. of Rx Jobs/Day: 8,600

Percentage of Uncut Jobs: 10%

Comments: Proprietary brands include Callaway, London Fog, Stepper Eyewear, Betsey Johnson and Wildflower frames. Proprietary digital lenses include Acclaim, Visionaries and Tailored-Rite. Proprietary non-glare coatings include Acclaro and Exceed XTC. Proprietary contact lens brands include FlexLens, Atlantis Schleral, and Extreme H20. Offers digital surfacing and non-glare capabilities, producing Varilux, Shamir, Zeiss, Seiko and digital house brand lenses on-site, as well as Crizal, Zeiss, Sentinel Plus UV and house brand non-glare coatings. Provider lab network for both VSP and EyeMed orders. Online Rx order submissions accepted through major portals including DVI Rx Wizard, Eyefinity and VisionWeb. ADO Member Program by ADO Practice Solutions. Produces educational seminars including Walman U, North Focus University, Practice Builder Academy, ADO seminars and partners with Transitions and The Williams Group for training and education events. Industry’s largest independent consultative sales force. New tablet and online tools include SpecTech iPad dispensing and measurement app, Innexus marketing solutions and ECHO by Eyemaginations. Member of Transitions Heritage Labs.