U.S. Vision, Inc. is a retailer of optical products and services through retail optical departments licensed to operate within national and regional department stores, as well as through a limited number of freestanding retail locations. The Company's retail optical departments are full-service retail vision care stores that offer a wide selection of designer brands and private-label prescription eyewear, contact lenses, sunglasses, ready-made readers and accessories. Also, an on-premises, independent doctor of optometry performs complete eye examinations and prescribes eyeglasses and contact lenses in the Company's stores. As of January 31, 2002, the Company operated 603 locations in 47 states and Canada, consisting of 577 licensed departments and 26 freestanding stores. U.S. Vision operates 406 retail optical departments in J.C. Penney's, and are their primary optical licensee.
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