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Recognizing Independent Labs that Make the Difference

By Essilor News

Independent Distribution Division (IDD), a business unit within Essilor of America that supports independently owned and operated optical labs, strives to make the difference for our industry, our customers, and, most importantly, for those whose lives are forever changed by the right pair of glasses. The IDD team works with more than 280 labs around the country, empowering them with products, programs and strategies to grow their business.

Each year at Essilor’s National Sales Meeting, IDD hosts the Vision Excellence Awards to present their Annual Laboratory Awards, recognizing independent distributors who have exceeded expectations and achieved top sales performance in both sales and unit growth within specific Essilor product categories.

John Walborn, Senior Vice President Wholesale Business, along with other IDD leaders, presented this year’s awards. “Our independent laboratory partners continue to deliver superb products and services to our customers and their patients,” Walborn said as he congratulated the winners. “We greatly appreciate their continued commitment to innovation, superior service and delivering the best vision solutions and experience possible.”

The following independent laboratory partners and retailers received awards for outstanding achievements in the following categories:

Essilor Xperio UVTM Award of Excellence

Walman Optical

Essilor Transitions® Award of Excellence             

Luzerne Optical

Crizal® Award of Excellence

Green Optics

Varilux® Award of Excellence

Cherry Optical, Inc

X-Cel Outstanding Achievement Award

Korrect Optical

Essilor IDD Managed Care Lab of the Year


Essilor IDD Lab of the Year

Cherry Optical, Inc

Non-sales related awards were also given out:

Essilor IDD Very Important Partner Award


Perfect Optical

Cherry Optical, Inc

The awards also honored longtime leader Bob Colucci. Colucci, who became president of IDD in October 2004, retired in December 2017 after 28 years with Essilor of America.

IDD offers independent labs technologically advanced products and services, along with industry-leading programs, to increase sales revenue and margins for its customers and to elevate our premium brands such as Varilux®, Crizal® Transitions® Xperio UV™ and Eyezen™+ lenses.

To learn more about IDD, visit their website.