The readers of this column regularly learn of progress in the development of international optical standards. The emphasis has been on fundamental optical standards and standards relating to purely optical devices and instruments, as these are the areas of interest to most. But over the last decade, there has been an extremely active standardization effort in the field of ophthalmic optics, which combines elements of traditional optics with visual science and eyecare. Scientifically, medically, and commercially, this has always been a very important area in optics. Today, with the economic unification of Europe taking place and the globalization of world markets, it has taken on particular significance.