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.

Essilor Launches Varilux Ad Campaign

By Andrew Karp
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 3:05 PM This new Varilux consumer ad campaign, which Essilor of America is launching April 24, shows how blurry vision can interrupt common, everyday activities such as viewing a menu at a restaurant and offers Varilux lenses as the leading progressive lens solution.

Navigating Emerging Technological Change

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 21, 2014 12:08 AM The study of technology is one of the most compelling ways of understanding humanity,” declared Michell Zappa, the Sao Paulo, Brazil-based futurist and emerging technology strategist who was the Summit’s lead-off speaker.

Briot USA Debuts Opti Tab, a Versatile Device for Opticians

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00 AM CUMMING, Ga.—Briot USA is releasing an optical tablet that is designed to assist opticians with fast and accurate measurements, frame selection and lens option descriptions along with an enhanced virtual reality feature.

Get Ready for Online Refraction

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00 AM Ever since the dawn of online eyeglass sales, technology trend watchers have speculated about the possibility of online refractions.

Oakley’s New Process Expands Rx Range for Its High Wraps

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00 AM FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif.—Oakley is introducing Oakley True Digital Edge, a proprietary technology that will allow many people with more advanced prescriptions to wear the company’s high-wrap sunglasses.

Shamir Debuts Rapid Service Lab Concept for Local ECPs

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00 AM PHILADELPHIA—In an effort to help local eye-care professionals compete with online eyewear vendors, Shamir has developed a new approach to providing prescription laboratory service that is predicated on delivering lenses in three hours or less.

VMail Technology for 4-17-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS / DISPENSING
Konan Adds Features to Vision Tests
WEB TECH
RevolutionEHR Launches RevMarket
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
Coburn's New Blocking Pad

VMail Technology for 4-10-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT
OpticWash Pro
WEB TECH
MaximEyes Offers Two-Way Integration With Visioffice
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
Jeanie's New Diamond Stays Sharp Longer

VMail Technology for 4-3-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, April 03, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT
A&R's New Automapper
SOFTWARE
BPI's Intros Lens Tint Simulator
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
Western Optical's Rimlon Lens Harpoon

VMail Technology for 3-27-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT
Coburn’s New Compact Generator
EXAMS / DISPENSING
Briot USA’s New Tablet Device
SOFTWARE
GPN Debuts The Edge 3.0

VMail Technology for 3-20-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, March 20, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS / DISPENSING
Visionix’s New Digital Phoropter
WEB TECH
Topcon Offers Online Training Series
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
ABS Intros Smart Stand

Solar Power

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 17, 2014 3:00 PM NEW YORK—Prescription sunglasses, once regarded as a necessary but unexciting second pair sale, are now among the hottest products in the dispensary.

Blum Launches Online Venture, a Resource for Optical Inventors

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 17, 2014 12:00 AM ROANOKE, Va.—Attention optical inventors. Ron Blum wants you.  Blum, an optical inventor himself, is hoping to attract others with the same interests to his new online venture, VisionCareInventing.com.

Eye2 Zone at Vision Expo East

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 17, 2014 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Wearable technologies are coming on-stream fast, and Vision Monday’s Eye2 Zone at International Vision Expo East is the place to see some of the latest offerings in this exciting new consumer product category.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 17, 2014 12:00 AM
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