The Vision Council of America is working on how to obtain exemptions from a new 2.3 percent tax that will be levied on products including ophthalmic frames, lenses and contact lenses starting in 2014 under a new health care bill in the U.S. As written, exemptions can only be granted by the secretary of Health and Human Services. The Vision Council's interpretation of the law is that the tax will be imposed when wholesalers sell merchandise to retailers.