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AC Lens


AC Lens

AC Lens
Type Privately Held
Industry contact lens & eyeglass retail
Founded 1995
Headquarters Columbus, Ohio
Key people Peter Clarkson, CEO / President
Philip Dietrich, CTO
Brian Frank, Marketing Director
Robert Drumm, Marketing Manager
Products contact lenses & eyeglasses

AC Lens is a privately held company based in Columbus, Ohio that sells contact lenses, eyeglasses and vision care products online.


  • Origin 1
  • Recognition 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Arlington Contact Lens Service, Inc (AC Lens) was formed in 1995 and launched in 1996 by Dr. Peter Clarkson in the back of an optometrist’s office on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.[1] AC Lens incorporated in the State of Ohio in 1998. In 2000, AC Lens acquired I-Ohio LLC in an exchange of private stock.[2] AC Lens now operates various websites including USA and United Kingdom based sites. Dr. Clarkson is a graduate of Southampton University in the UK and The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

On February 4, 2004, the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act went into effect. This federal law requires that optical care providers release their patients' prescriptions to them. AC Lens was provided the opportunity to comment and suggest changes to the FTC on March 31, 2004.[3] The final ruling on the law was released by the FTC in July 2004.[4] In October 2004, the FTC released a A Guide for Prescribers and Sellers


AC Lens has been named to the INC. 5000[5] and the Columbus Business First Fast 50.[6] In May 2010, CEO Peter Clarkson was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award [7] for south central Ohio and Kentucky. AC Lens recently earned the fifth consecutive Biz Rate circle of excellence award for outstanding customer service.[8]


  1. ^ "The eyes have it - How AC Lens’ Peter Clarkson can sleep at night". 
  2. ^ Bell, Jeff (November 20, 2000). "AC Lens acquires I-Ohio in private stock exchange". 
  3. ^ "AC Lens response to Fairness To Contact Lens Consumer Act". 
  4. ^ "FTC Issues Final Rule Implementing Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act". 
  5. ^ "AC Lens inc 5000". 
  6. ^ Rawdon, Scott (October 19, 2009). "AC Lens Columbus Fast 50". 
  7. ^ First, Business (May 19, 2010). "Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award". 
  8. ^ "Circle of Excellence Award Winners at BizRate 2011". 

External links

  • Company Website
  • Shop and Compare Prices
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