Carl Zeiss Vision – Florida Shows New Look in Open House
Clearwater, FL – Carl Zeiss Vision – Florida, formerly Tri-City Optical, showed off a new, high-tech look to eye care professionals in a grand-reopening held on February 5, 2009. The open house event was hosted by Richard Hoerbelt, Lab Manager, Don Oakley, VSP’s President for Ophthalmic Operations, and Fred Howard, Carl Zeiss Vision’s President Americas – Pacific.

Carl Zeiss Vision acquired Tri-City Optical in June 2008, in partnership with VSP® Vision Care to enhance their Perfect Vision lab network. Since that time the company has dramatically retooled the laboratory with advanced lens manufacturing, coating and finishing equipment. Over 150 Florida eye care professionals attended the open house and experienced the lab’s new free-form generators, coaters, and advanced robotic finishing equipment.

“Carl Zeiss Vision – Florida is the only lab in the Southeast that can offer in-house manufacturing of our most sophisticated personalized lenses, including Zeiss Individual™,” said Fred Howard, Carl Zeiss Vision’s President, Americas – Pacific. “We’re also providing in-house application of our most advanced coatings, such as Zeiss Carat Advantage and Teflon® Clear Coat Lenses. We’ve made Carl Zeiss Vision – Florida a center for the revolution in lens dispensing that we are creating nationwide.”

“At the same time, we have made every effort to preserve what customers have always liked about the lab: a commitment to customers and a commitment to quality. Carl Zeiss Vision – Florida has the elements a great lab needs: the most advanced capabilities combined with timeless values of customer service.”

“This has been a great team effort,” said Don Oakley. “Most of all, I’d like to thank the lab staff for working so hard to make this transformation a reality.”

For more information, contact Jeff Hopkins at or 707-763-9911 x6176.

©2009 Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH. Individual is a trademark and Carat Advantage is a registered trademark of Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH. Teflon® is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, used under license by Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH. VSP is a registered trademark of Vision Service Plan.