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.

VMail Technology for 09-03-15

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, September 3, 2015 8:36 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

SYSTEMS/EQUIPMENT

Ultra Optics New 44R
SOFTWARE
MDoffice Launches Software for ODs
WEB TECH
Zeiss Offers ECPs Online Education

Nanofilm Debuts Cleaner for Superhydrophobic AR Lenses

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 31, 2015 12:00 AM VALLEY VIEW, Ohio—Nanofilm has developed Clarity AR, a lens cleaner designed specifically for anti-reflective, superhydrophobic lenses. It wets the surface better than traditional cleaners to lift soils and grease, according to Nanofilm, resulting in a haze-free, streak-free lens.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 31, 2015 12:00 AM “Since 80 percent of all classroom learning is visual, eye or vision issues that go unnoticed can directly impact a child’s success in school.” Alcon’s Back-to-School program.

Signet Armorlite Reorganizes and Rebrands Kodak Line

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 31, 2015 12:00 AM CARLSBAD, Calif.—Signet Armorlite has reorganized its Kodak-branded lenses and services under the new Kodak Lens Professional Series name.

Vision-Ease Intros LifeRx FSV Vivid AR Lenses

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 31, 2015 12:00 AM RAMSEY, Minn.—To improve consumers’ choice of light-responsive lenses, Vision-Ease is expanding its line of photochromics with the addition of LifeRx FSV Vivid AR. The polycarbonate lenses are coated with Vision-Ease’s proprietary Vivid AR, which the company said offers “unparalleled clarity and cleanability.”

Younger Releases Transitions Signature VII in Poly Composite FT-28

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 31, 2015 12:00 AM TORRANCE, Calif.—Bifocal wearers who want a photochromic lens that offers the benefits of a polycarbonate lens now have a new option: Transitions Signature VII polycarbonate composite flat top 28 lenses. A composite lens developed by Transitions Optical and Younger Optics, Transitions Signature VII is available through Younger’s lab partners.

VMail Technology for 8-20-15

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, August 20, 2015 8:33 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

SOFTWARE
Medflow Launches Medflow 2.0 EHR
WEB TECH
Alcon’s Back-to-School Program
TOOLS/SUPPLIES
PSI’s New Fining Pad

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 17, 2015 12:00 AM “We absolutely believe that the future of eyewear will be smart glasses.” Bruce Steffey, president of National Vision.

VMail Technology for 8-13-15

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, August 13, 2015 8:30 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS/DISPENSING
Volk Intros Eye Check
SOFTWARE
CLX System, OOGP Integration
WEB TECH
Envision Debuts New Website

Six15 Technologies Launches Infinity Smart Glasses and Platform

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 12:00 AM ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Six15 Technologies, based here, has launched a smart glasses and turnkey software and integration solution. Called the Infinity Platform, it is available to developers and strategic partners now, and will be available worldwide for non-consumer applications in January 2016, according to Six15.

VMail Technology for 7-30-15

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, July 30, 2015 9:03 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EYE2
Six15’s New Smart Glasses and Platform
WEB TECH
Optovue Debuts Online Learning Portal
Shamir New Blog for ECPs

From Eye² to Eyecare

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:11 AM NEW YORK—From smart glasses with heads-up displays, internet connectivity and high definition video cameras to goggles that deliver a fully immersive, 3D experience for playing games or watching movies, wearable technology in the form of eyewear offers powerful new ways of “seeing” both the real and virtual worlds.

Using Technology to Combat Motion Sickness

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:11 AM XPand, which makes active shutter glasses for viewing 3D movies, TV and games as well as for vision care, has put its technology to a novel use: fighting motion sickness. The company’s X105-MS-1 Anti Motion Sickness Glasses, which are sold online to consumers for $179, use shuttering lenses to reduce severity of motion sickness while traveling by airplane, boat or driving.

Classic Optical and Partners Help Chicago Public School Students

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:00 AM CHICAGO—Earlier this year, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Vision Program chose Classic Optical, a Youngstown, Ohio-based wholesale lab, to improve its on-site eyeglass delivery system to correct students’ vision problems.

Conant Lens Launches UV++

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:00 AM MARIETTA, Ga.— Conant Lens is introducing UV++, a lens that blocks shorter wavelength light. Exposure to this spectrum of blue light, which is emitted from digital devices, can cause eye strain, blurred vision, dry eyes and retinal damage.
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