Eye Center, Inc. is proud to announce a new partnership with Sun Hydraulics to customize prescription safety glasses for its more than 700 employees.  Sun Hydraulics is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance screw-in hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds that control force, speed and motion as integral components in fluid power systems. 

In the past, Sun Hydraulics did not mandate protective eyewear for its staff. The only requirement for vision safety was that employees wear some type of glasses with temporary side shields.  A recent decision by company leadership to improve the organization’s commitment to eye safety resulted in a partnership with Eye Center, Inc. that provides all employees with comprehensive eye exams and safety glasses that meet American National Standards Institute standards with Z78.1 safety frames.  These frames are heat and impact resistant, providing necessary protection from being splashed with chemicals such as hydraulic fluid. The lenses have a 3mm thickness at the thinnest point and are impact and scratch-resistant. 

Since the partnership was implemented nearly three months ago, Sun Hydraulics staff have visited Eye Center, Inc. for eyewear fittings, with most needing new exams for up-to-date measurements of their glasses prescriptions. At this time, Sun Hydraulics is rapidly approaching its goal for 100% of employees to wear safety glasses made locally at Eye Center, Inc. 

The doctors and staff at the Eye Center have been a tremendous help to us in implementing our employee prescription safety glasses program. They were flexible, personable, and worked with us closely to provide a plan to fit our needs. Their experience working with other area employers helped our program launch very smoothly,” -Aaron Imel, Safety Manager, Sun Hydraulics LLC.

Eye Center, Inc. has a long history of supporting the protective eyewear and vision health needs of local industrial workplaces in Manatee and Sarasota County. Currently, Eye Center, Inc. manufactures all safety glasses for Tropicana, Pierce Manufacturing, Port Manatee and now Sun Hydraulics.  Dr. Brad Laudicina, a Board-certified optometrist and partner in Eye Center, Inc. who spearheaded the new relationship with Sun Hydraulics, remarks, “Eye Center, Inc. is always looking for new partners who are interested in investing in the vision care of its team by providing safety glasses with or without prescription lenses to its employees. We’re thrilled to support the needs of a people-first local company like Sun Hydraulics, that is on the cutting edge of not only advanced manufacturing but employee health and wellness initiatives, as well.”