Andrew Karp

Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses & Technology

Andrew has reported on the optical industry for Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine since 1987. He covers the latest developments in ophthalmic dispensing, ophthalmic lenses and treatments, lens processing technology and optical laboratories. Andrew edits two VM e-newsletters: VMail Technology, a weekly that spotlights new products, software and online applications for labs and dispensers, and Eye2, a monthly that focuses on new technologies that are expanding the capabilities of eyewear and the potential of human vision. Contact Andrew at akarp@jobson.com.

VSP Global and USC Launch Study and Pilot Test of Tech-Enabled Eyewear

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 22, 2016 12:30 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—The University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) and VSP Global are launching an academic study and consumer pilot test with the latest version of VSP’s tech-enabled eyewear, Level.

VMail Technology for 8-18-16

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, August 18, 2016 10:03 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

SOFTWARE
MaximEyes Integrates with Vantiv
WEB TECH
Optisoft’s iDispense App Now Available
TOOLS/SUPPLIES
Hilco’s New Edging Supplies

GSRx Launches Proper Optics: Complete, Affordable Eyewear for Independents

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 15, 2016 12:00 AM SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—GSRx, a supplier of frames, lenses and lab services based here, is introducing Proper Optics, a consumer-facing brand and in-store marketing concept. Proper Optics is designed to give independent eyecare practices what GSRx describes as “complete, premium eyewear at a price point that allows them to retain more patients in their optical, increase second pair sales and attract new patients.”

National Think About Your Eyes Campaign Kicks Off Fourth Year

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 15, 2016 12:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The national Think About Your Eyes campaign has built upon its increased industry support and consumer interest to reach a new milestone of 2.5 million visitors to the campaign website since its launch. The number of visitors to the site is expected to reach 3 million by years’ end, according to an announcement from the organization.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 15, 2016 12:00 AM “Today’s ECPs are seeing an increasingly diverse patient base—in terms of ethnicity and age.” Sherrol Reynolds, OD, FAAO, vice president, National Optometric Association

VMail Technology for 8-11-16

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, August 11, 2016 10:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS/DISPENSING
Topcon Intros 3D OCT-1 Maestro
SOFTWARE
Ocuco and EGMA Partner on PALs, Software
Adaptica’s 2Win Version 4.1

VMail Technology for 8-4-16

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, August 4, 2016 9:57 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS/DISPENSING
Zeiss Integrates Refraction Tech With EMR
Smart Vision Labs SVOne Enterprise
WEB TECH
EyeXam Dry Eye Screening Tool

VMail Technology for 7-28-16

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:54 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS/DISPENSING
Instruments for Vision Intros DAS (Digital Acuity System)
SOFTWARE
ECL Group Offers Practice Consulting
TOOLS/SUPPLIES
WOS EZ Grip Driver

VMail Technology for 7-21-16

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, July 21, 2016 9:51 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EYE2
Zeiss Intros VR One Plus
WEB TECH
Vision Council Revamps EyeCessorize Site
TOOLS/SUPPLIES
Dynamic Labs Air Active Nosepads

Orbis Unveils Redesigned Flying Eye Hospital

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:00 AM NEWARK, N.J.—Orbis, the international charity that fights blindness around the world, unveiled its new Flying Eye Hospital last month on a cross country tour that began in Los Angeles and made stops in Newark, N.J., Washington, D.C., Memphis, Tenn., Dallas, Texas and Sacramento, Calif.

Blanchard Adds New Feature to Onefit Scleral Lens Platform

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM MANCHESTER, N.H.—Blanchard Contact Lenses has added a new feature, XLC, to its Onefit Scleral Lens Platform. XLC, which stands for Extra Limbal Clearance, is a new option that will make the existing trial set of standard 14.9mm lenses even easier to work with, by providing a simple solution for obtaining the extra limbal clearance needed, without increasing the lens diameter.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM “Proper prescription glasses have a greater impact on a child’s academic performance than any other health intervention.” Maureen Cavanagh, Vision Impact Institute akarp@jobson.com

Remembering a Most Influential Woman

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM Bonnie Sericko, who died May 24 at age 99, was never profiled among Vision Monday’s Most Influential Women. But that doesn’t mean she wasn’t influential. In fact, Sericko influenced not just a company, product category or profession, but our entire industry.

Shamir Spectrum +, an Everyday Lens Enhanced for Comfortable Reading

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Shamir Insight is launching its newest Freeform design, Shamir Spectrum +. An everyday progressive lens, Spectrum + is an upgraded version of Shamir’s Spectrum design that features a wider reading area and intermediate corridor.

Super Optical Introduces Conversion Photochromic

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM CINCINNATI—Super Optical International, creators of FastGrind, are releasing a full line of Conversion photochromic lenses. The Conversion technology quickly changes from light to dark and back, while blocking harmful UV rays. Conversion offers a fast and seamless shift between tinted and clear, allowing Conversion to compete with the market leading photochromics.
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