The American Optician

Spring 2017

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1 7 BLU TECH in edged, assembled, and uncut form. It is a guideline for entities that fabricate, assemble or process dress eyewear or lens components. See all the ophthalmic ANSI standards here . The ISO (International Organization of Standardization) is a non-governmental organization, consisting of national standards institutes representing 159 countries. The purpose of the ISO is to achieve industry-wide standardization for products. There are literally dozens of other tests that can be performed on lenses, frames and complete eyewear. Take a minute to review all the tests that COLTS Laboratories offers . The list is extensive. The optical industry does a remarkable job of testing their products against their own requirements and against national and international standards. Independent testing data verifies product claims; assists in product development; and provides product comparison for advertising and marketing, guaranteeing standards compliance. The more you know about ophthalmic product testing, the more confident you'll be when recommending eyewear products to your patients. Maggie Sayers is vice president of training and lens strategy for Luxury Optical Holdings. Note: A special thanks goes to COLTS Laboratories for their support in writing this article and providing the research and graphics to illustrate the testing methods. COLTS Laboratories has been an industry leader since 1997, providing accurate and reliable independent testing in accordance with national and international standards.

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