LAS VEGAS—The annual optical laboratory party, Labapalooza, was attended by hundreds of vendors and optical laboratories, held for the first time at last month’s Vision Expo West. Top Labs, Web Site of the Year, and Trash to Treasure awards were presented to the winning labs during the two-hour party which took place Oct. 2. The Free-form Five band opened the evening with their “hit single,” “My Generator,” which was followed by the presentation of the awards.


LabTalk editor, Christie Walker presented the winners of Trash to Treasure, a finishing pad art contest to: BJ Gregory, Southern Optical; Courtney Allessio, Perferx Optical; Carolyn Harris, Southern Optical; and Sabrina Wells, Southern Optical. Walker also presented the Optical Laboratory Web Site of the Year Awards, with Diversified Ophthalmics taking home the top honors. Vision Monday’s Andrew Karp presented the Top Labs 2009 rankings. Listen to the his recording of “My Generator” or read the song’s lyrics here.

2009 Web Site of the Year Top Ten
1            Diversified Ophthalmics                     
2            Cherry Optical                                      
3            Hirsch Optical                                      
4            Pech Optical                                         
5            Laramy-K                                              
6            iCoat                                                      
7            Optical Dimensions                             
8            Tri-Supreme Optical                            
9            Precision Optical Group                     
10          Walman Optical                                       

Kurt Atchison (l) and Gunter Schneider of Schneider Optical Machinery, show off their title sponsorship signs for the lab party event, Labapalooza.

Winner Web
Awarded Optical Laboratory Web Site of the Year by LabTalk editor, Christie Walker (r) was Ron Cooke, Jr. of Diversified Ophthalmics.


The Free-form Five Band
The Free-form Five played their hit single, “My Generator” at the Labapalooza party.
Top Labs
VisionMonday’s Top Labs for
2009 were recognized at the lab
event, Labapalooza.

Web of the Year

LabTalk editor, Christie Walker (r) presented the Top Ten Web sites for optical laboratories including the Web Site of the Year, during the Labapalooza event.