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12/02/2019
Dear Low Vision Division Member, Thank you to all who attended the Low Vision Division (LVD) fall meeting in Orlando, Florida, in October. The meeting featured updates from the education committee, the Think About Your Eyes campaign, the government and regulatory affairs team, The Vision Council's research team and the Emerging Optical Leaders,... Read More »
11/26/2019
Don't miss your chance to connect with your fellow industry executives and learn from global thought leaders at The Vision Council's 2020 Executive Summit! The Vision Council's 2020 Executive Summit—to take place Jan. 29–31 at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, Florida—is the exclusive event offering opportunities for executive-... Read More »
11/26/2019
This is a reminder that companies interested in filing original petitions, or renewal petitions, for duty suspensions or reductions must do so before the close of business (5:15 EST) on December 10, 2019. If granted, a suspension would be effective for a renewable three-year period starting on January 1, 2021. Late petitions will not be accepted,... Read More »
11/22/2019
Dear Valued Member, Earlier this year, The Vision Council and Think About Your Eyes commissioned a national in-depth quantitative research study on consumer attitudes and behaviors related to the vision industry. We surveyed 1,200 people across the U.S., and among other things we identified four audience segments to aid the industry's targeting... Read More »
11/21/2019
Dear Valued Member, The Vision Council has appointed Hayley Rakus as Public Relations Manager. In this role, she will oversee The Vision Council's consumer and trade media campaigns including Vision Expo. A seasoned communications professional with extensive experience in the lifestyle and hospitality market, Hayley spent six years in New York... Read More »
11/18/2019
Dear Valued Member, Earlier this year, The Vision Council and Think About Your Eyes commissioned a national in-depth quantitative research study on consumer attitudes and behaviors related to the vision industry. We surveyed 1,200 people across the U.S., and among other things we identified four audience segments to aid the industry's targeting... Read More »
11/15/2019
Recently, Thailand lost duty-free entry under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program for approximately one-third of its exports to the U.S. Included in the list of tariff numbers losing GSP eligibility were contact lenses (HTS 9001.30.00), glass spectacle lenses (HTS 9001.40.00), and spectacles, goggles and the like, corrective or... Read More »
11/14/2019
The California Legislature recently passed a major law that substantially changed the way companies doing business in California will determine if workers are independent contractors or employees. The law—Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5)—was signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sept. 18, 2019 and will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. For a... Read More »
11/07/2019
Earlier today the Chinese commerce ministry announced an agreement with the U.S. to cancel the China 301 tariffs in phases, without a set timeline for implementation. Neither the United States Trade Representative (USTR) or the White House have made an official statement regarding the possible agreement. The Vision Council is optimistic that this... Read More »
11/07/2019
The Vision Council's Lab Division is proud to release the newly updated Chemical Management Manual—a compilation and explanation of federal safety and environmental laws of relevance to optical labs. The updated manual can be accessed, here. This new version has been revised from the original OLA document to reflect changes in Occupational Safety... Read More »

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