Dick Whitney of Carl Zeiss Vision

Dick Whitney Named Chairman for American National Standards Institute Z80 Spectacle Lens Sub-Committee

Alexandria, VA (October 14, 2010) – Industry veteran Dick Whitney of Carl Zeiss Vision, has been named chairman of the American National Standards Institute Z80 subcommittee on prescription spectacle lenses. In this new role, Whitney will lead industry representatives in continued development of the Z80.1 standard.

The subcommittee for prescription spectacle lenses develops and maintains standards for ophthalmic prescription lenses, including those that are finished, semi-finished, uncut, edged or assembled into complete spectacle eyewear.

“I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of Daniel Torgersen of the Optical Laboratories Association who served the committee for many successful years,” said Whitney. “I look forward to working with my colleagues throughout the industry to continue to advance the standards for prescription spectacle lenses.”

With over 36 years of experience in the optical industry, Whitney began his career with American Optical (AO)/Carl Zeiss in the Central Testing Laboratory. He later worked in Quality Control and then advanced to the role of ophthalmic lens design manager for AO. He currently serves as global standards manager, corporate research and development for Carl Zeiss.

Whitney has also served on numerous committees and taskforces throughout his career on both the national and international levels, and has chaired The Vision Council Lens Technical Committee since 1997.

“Having worked with Dick for years, I know that his level of expertise and commitment to the development of safe and effective standards is unparalleled,” said Ken Wood, ANSI Z80 Secretariat. “The subcommittee on prescription spectacle lenses will benefit greatly from his leadership.”

For more information on the work of the ANSI Z80 committees, please contact Amber Robinson, manager of member and technical services for The Vision Council, the ANSI Z80 Secretariat, at (703) 740-1094 or at arobinson@thevisioncouncil.org.


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