Pride Power Progress
What They Mean For YOU
Which products are affected?

Eyewear cases and cleaning cloths, contact lenses, corrective and non-corrective glasses/sunglasses, parts, mounting frames—essentially every aspect of hardware.

When will the tariffs take effect?

Eyewear cases and cleaning cloths from China were subject to an additional 10% tariff as of Sept. 24, 2018, and a tariff increase to 25% in May 2019.

Tariffs on these goods (Section 301:List 3) were due to increase from 25% to 30% on October 1, 2019 ; per a presidential tweet on September 11, 2019, the increase will be delayed until October 15, 2019, pending official notice. 

Other optical goods (contact lenses, corrective and non-corrective glasses/sunglasses, parts, mounting frames, essentially every aspect of hardware) faced a 15% tariff September 15th for some (see list 4A) and December 15th for others (see list 4B).

Will companies who import optical goods from China increase their prices?

At this writing, many companies are taking a ‘wait-and-see’ approach to price increases. However, all companies related will soon have to make decisions about if and when to increase prices, and what type of increases to make. A 15%-25% tariff on all optical goods will most assuredly effect our industry widely.

READ MORE about specific Lists and Tariffs...

Ways Social Media Can Help You 

1. Keep you informed

Educational and State Association news is available on Facebook and Instagram. With email addresses changing as regularly as they do, these avenues can be a direct source of good information.

2. Offer Advice

Facebook groups can quickly give you answers to optical queries from thousands of opticians, quickly. 

3. Provide Community 

Opticians often work alone, or with only one other professional. Social media can be a great way to experience the community of your profession by meeting people, and sharing ideas and experiences. 

4. Mobilize an Effort

When Opticians need to present ONE Loud Voice, social media can help. When it comes to legislative challenges, speed and a long reach are critical; and social media is an ideal vehicle for both in spreading important information.
Meet Danny Thomas, Guild Member

Owner:  Eyes of the World, Burlington, VT
Licensed Optician : since 1985
Guild Member : since 1954
Offices : past Guild Chair
"I think of Guild membership as my optician’s conscience, as in, 'Would a Guild optician dispense this particular pair of glasses to this particular customer? Does it meet those standards of quality, professionalism, ethics and service that a Guild optician would demand?'" 
Read Danny's Full Story HERE ...
Keynote Speaker:
Jim Trick

Breakout Sessions:

  • Grow Your State Association
  • Envision Your Future
  • Create a National Impact

SUN 13
New York State Society of Opticians (NYSSO)
Region 1 Symposium
(Erie Community College, Williamsville)
8:30A - 3:00P

TUE 15
Certified Opticians Association of Texas
Houston Area Meeting: Kering Eyewear

SUN 20
New York State Society of Opticians (NYSSO)
Region 5/Metro Symposium
(Crowne Plaza JFK Airport Hotel, Jamaica)
8:30A - 3:00P

SAT 26
Opticians Association of Washington
Fall Education Day
(Red Lion Hotel, Yakima)
7:00A - 5:20P

SUN 27
New York State Society of Opticians (NYSSO)
Region 3/4 Lake Placid Symposium
(Golden Arrow Resort, Lake Placid)
8:30A - 3:00P

SAT 2 - SUN 3
Opticians Association of Massachusetts
Fall Education Conference
(Southbridge Conference Center)

SUN 10
New York State Society of Opticians (NYSSO)
Region 2/3 Symposium
(del Lago Resort, Waterloo)
8:30A - 3:00P

SAT 16 - SUN 17
Opticians Association of Georgia
(Best Western Plus, St. Simons Island)