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 5-19-16

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:24 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS/DISPENSING

US Ophthalmic Intros Ezer EDR-9000
Canon’s CR-2 AF
WEB TECH
Precision Vision Redesigns Site

David Kepron on Why Gray Matter Matters

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:59 AM David Kepron, vice president, global design strategies at Marriott International, and author of “Retail (r)evolution, Why Creating Right-Brained Stores Will Shape the Future of Shopping in a Digitally Driven World,” set up the meeting’s theme, “BrainStorm,” by discussing how our brain affects our behavior, as consumers and as providers of goods and services.

STORY’s Rachel Shechtman: Retailing Is ‘Content, Commerce and Community’

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:58 AM Rachel Shechtman, CEO and founder of STORY, the groundbreaking New York-based concept store known for its ever-changing, editorial approach to retail, shared her unique perspectives on the shopping experience.

Corning Intros Corning Clear 15, a Thin, Scratch-Resistant Glass

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 AM CORNING, N.Y.—Corning Inc. is releasing Corning Clear 15, a new high-performance glass that provides a thinner and more scratch-resistant solution compared with plastic materials commonly used for prescription lenses. This new glass is now available from select U.S. distributors that utilize state-of-the-art, free-form equipment to produce the newest-style lenses, including dual-sided progressive designs.

Hoya Launches Sensity, a Photochromic Lens Brand

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 AM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Hoya Vision Care is launching Sensity, which the company is positioning as a “brand differentiating photochromic lens technology.”

New Essilor Lens for Indy ECPs Combats Digital Eye Strain

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 AM DALLAS—Essilor of America is expanding its Eyezen brand portfolio with the addition of Eyezen+, an enhanced, everyday single vision lens with embedded protection from harmful blue light. Eyezen+ lenses are designed to provide patients with a small amount of accommodative relief to alleviate eye strain caused by today’s heavy use of digital devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 AM “A national ad campaign for Think About Your Eyes has generated more than one million eye exams as people used the site’s practice locator to find local care.” akarp@jobson.com

Vision Ease Intros Clear Blue Filter Lenses

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 AM RAMSEY, Minn.—Vision Ease is releasing Clear Blue Filter which provides high-energy light protection in a clear, everyday polycarbonate lens.

VMail Technology for 5-12-16

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, May 12, 2016 9:21 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

SYSTEMS/EQUIPMENT
Mei Intros EzFit NoBlock and EzLine
SOFTWARE
Demandforce Fast Sync
WEB TECH
Visionworks E-Commerce Site

VMail Technology for 5-5-16

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, May 5, 2016 9:18 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS/DISPENSING
oDocs Eye Care Kit
WEB TECH
Crossbows’ New Site
TOOLS/SUPPLIES
Nanofilm Alcohol-Free Lens Cleaner

See Morocco’s Colors Through Essilor’s Kolor Up Sun Lenses

By Andrew Karp
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 12:25 PM

Kolor Up lenses from Essilor Sun Solution, the Essilor Group division dedicated to plano sun lenses, offer wearers a refreshing perception of colors and improved vision. Developed in cooperation with Essilor’s R&D teams, Kolor Up increases brightness and enhances the definition of colors, in addition to providing protection against the sun. The lenses are available in Rx and plano, in both polarized or non-polarized versions.

VMail Technology for 4-28-16

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, April 28, 2016 9:15 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

SOFTWARE
CodeSAFE and CrystalPM Integration
WEB TECH
EyeCare Prime Intros LensFerry S
TOOLS/SUPPLIES
Precision Tools Redesigns AB Gauge

VMail Technology for 4-14-16

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, April 14, 2016 9:12 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

SYSTEMS/EQUIPMENT
Satisloh Updates VFT-orbit
Coburn’s Exxpert Lens Edger HPE810
EYE2
Eyenavision To Distribute Roger Bacon Eyewear

BLUE LIGHT RESEARCH COMPENDIUM

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 11, 2016 1:00 AM The following research studies were cited by technical experts from BluTech, Carl Zeiss Vision, Essilor, Hoya Vision Care, Jins Eyewear, Reticare and VSP Global who were consulted for “Inside the Blue Boom,” Vision Monday, April 11, 2016:

Symposium Focuses on Blue Light and Its Effect on Human Health

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 11, 2016 12:27 AM Blue light and its impact on the human body was the focus of a symposium held in New York City in June, 2015. The two-day event, organized by the International Blue Light Society and sponsored by Jins, the Japanese optical retailer and eyeglass manufacturer, featured presentations by ophthalmologists, sleep specialists and researchers from universities in Japan, France and the U.S
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