Vision Systems, Inc. (VSI) is an industry leader in pre-owned optical equipment. Located in Tarpon Springs, Florida, it has quickly become a name recognized both nationally and internationally. It remains one of the few companies in America that optical professionals turn to when advancing their practice. Delivering quality equipment, professional installation, and training ensures success for everyone involved…start to finish.
No longer limited to patternless edgers
No longer limited to patternless edgers, VSI stands alone as the largest pre-owned equipment company in the optical industry and is positioned to move forward well into the 21st century.
VSI opened its doors in March 2001. The employment of like-minded individuals at every level gave the company a firm foundation to build upon. Comprehensive experience insured success in a market ready for progress. A collective focus on quality became the cornerstone of VSI’s customer satisfaction. Vision Systems, Inc. now stands as the proven industry leader for the eye care professional.
Jeff Wheaton, President of VSI, relocated to West Central Florida in 1986. His vision: to bring unparalleled quality and service to the pre-owned market in the optical industry. His initial company was well received, in large part due to his 14 years of experience and a solid staff. It was when he began distributing some of the first patternless edgers in the country that the idea for VSI was conceived.
The concept was to develop an independent company that would refurbish completely, sell professionally and support comprehensively state-of-the-art lens processing equipment.
Sal Troiano, Vice-President of VSI, has been in the Ophthalmic Equipment field since 1999. His many previous entrepreneurial pursuits helped to prepare him for his position as the leading Salesman, and then Sales Manager, for a company that led the industry in refurbished ophthalmic equipment.
In 2001, Sal partnered with Jeff Wheaton as co-owner of Vision Systems, Inc. His creation of the Ophthalmic Division elevated Vision Systems to a new level.
Leo Hadley Jr. began working in the eyecare industry in 1985. He started out as a lab technician and quickly moved up into lab management. In time Leo made the cross over to the retail side of the business and learned ophthalmic dispensing and store management. Over the years Leo has worked in Optometry practice, Retail Stores, Retail Labs, and Wholesale Labs. Eventually his experience brought him all over the country working as a territory manager for a major optical chain.
Carl Tela’s first industry experience was with Wesley Jessen, a contact lens manufacturer, as the National Accounts Manager for the Eastern US Including Puerto Rico. He then moved into the eyeglasses lens manufacturing side of the optical business as Vice President of Progressive Lens Lab (the original Varilux test lab). During that time period he worked with the development of Transition’s early original lenses.
Chris Wheaton is a third generation optical eye care professional. His Grandfather, Clarence Wheaton, worked for Shuron Textron in the 60’s and Precision Optical in the 70’s, until he started his own business Wheaton Optical Service in 1978. Chris’ father, Jeff Wheaton, took over Wheaton Optical in 1995 and formed Star Optical Service.