For years, the Lens Product Description Standard v2.2 has been the industry standard for manufacturers to communicate the features of lenses and lens blanks. Recently, though, the Vision Council announced the completion and approval of Version 1.00 of the LPDS.
This standard, created by the Vision Council’s LPDS Committee, is set to replace the long-standing v2.2. With lens manufacturing rapidly advancing and new industry growth, the LDS v2.2 was deemed insufficient, resulting in the collaboration of industry members to create the LPDS Committee.
The Vision Council’s LPDS directly complements the industry evolution and development of new digital lens features. The Vision Council’s VP of membership, government relations, and technical affairs, Michael Vitale, noted that “this new standard will ensure that lens products are manufactured to the highest quality, and consumers continue to receive excellent vision care products from eyecare providers nationwide.”
Formed by Vision Council members and volunteer industry experts, the Lens Product Description Committee built the new standards of Version 1.00 on the technical foundations of LDS v2.2. This new format allows optical manufacturers to define digital designs independently of lens blanks and describe processing parameters and base curve charts for selection of prescription lenses. The Vision Council also assists in developing various other industry standards and communications and contributes to other expert groups like the Lens Technical Committee and the Data Communication Standard Committee.
This year at Vision Expo West, the LPDS committee met to refine the details and approve of the Version 1.00. Not only does this new standard represent a new era of lens and frame quality experience, but it also provides a common language for all eyecare professionals and patients.
This common language will improve communication among industry professionals, as well as enhance transparency, and foster innovation to create ever-improving products. By collaborating with both U.S. and international organizations, the Vision Council stands as a critical player in the development of ophthalmic standards.