The Vision Council Releases Progressive Identifier Book

2015/2016 edition includes graphics for 160 lens designs distributed in the US and CanadaThe Vision Council

Alexandria, VA (July, 2015) – The Vision Council has announced the release of the 2015/2016 edition Progressive Identifier book, the industry-standard guide to the identifying marks engraved on progressive addition lenses.

This latest edition contains graphics for 160 lens designs distributed in the U.S. and Canada, showing the markings that identify the lens supplier, the lens name, the lens material, filters and corridor lengths. Diagrams include the relative position of the fitting cross, as well as the lens suppliers’ recommended minimum fitting height. New this year, each entry includes information about the location of the PAL design.

“Truly the only resource of its kind, the Progressive Identifier book is the most sought-after publication provided by our Optical Lab member companies, and has become the standard for the entire industry,” said Steve Sutherlin, The Vision Council’s Optical Lab Division Liaison. “We’re able to provide eyecare providers with the information that they need to stay at the forefront of their field – just one more benefit of working with The Vision Council’s Optical Lab members.”

The Identifier also contains eight indexes, listing the lenses according to: identifying symbols, lens supplier name, minimum recommended height, lens name, extended range of add power, near variable focus designs, discontinued lenses, and – new for the 2015/2016 edition – custom progressive designs.

More than 25,000 copies of the Progressive Identifier book are distributed each year. Eyecare providers can submit book inquiries to The Vision Council through their optical lab. The online directory of member labs is available at

The cover price is $59.95, and copies of the new edition are now being shipped to The Vision Council’s Optical Lab Division members. For additional information or questions about the Progressive Identifier book, please contact Carmen Sevilla at or 703.548.3513.

Serving as the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry through education, advocacy and consumer outreach. By sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts, The Vision Council serves as a resource to the public looking to learn more about options in eyeglasses and sunglasses.

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