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.

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.

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.

Wearables: Eyecare’s New Dimension

By Andrew Karp
Monday, June 15, 2015 12:00 AM For the past few years, I’ve been writing about how the fast paced field of wearable technology is intersecting with the optical industry, a phenomenon we call Eye2.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 18, 2015 12:00 AM “The seed of hope for significantly reducing rates of blindness with stem cells has been planted, and we’re excited to see it grow.” Anne Sumers, MD, for the AAO.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:01 AM

Get in the Zone

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 16, 2015 12:00 AM If you’ll be attending International Vision Expo this week, be sure to get into the Zone. No, I’m not asking you to focus your mind like an athlete before a game. I’m talking about visiting Vision Monday’s Eye2 Zone.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 2, 2015 12:00 AM “Anna Österholm: ‘We’ve demonstrated the ability to create virtually any color we want by mixing different electrochromic polymers, just like mixing paint.’”

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:00 AM “EHR systems may curb future demand for physicians, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.”

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, January 19, 2015 7:10 PM “Nearly seven in 10 (68 percent) Millennials report symptoms of digital eye strain and most own smartphones (84 percent), according to a new report by the Vision Council.”

The Five Most Ingenious Products of 2014

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM One of the best things about my job as lens and technology editor for VM and 20/20 Magazine is getting to learn about interesting new products.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM “In the next year, 23 percent of Millennials are likely to buy smart glasses, 24 percent smart clothing, 40 percent a smart watch, a PricewaterhouseCoopers report said.”

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 AM “No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side.”
—Joni Ernst, candidate for U.S. Senate, Iowa.

It's a Big World, After All

By Andrew Karp
Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 AM I used to think Walt Disney had it wrong, at least as far as the optical industry is concerned. It’s not a small world, after all.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:00 AM “Two-thirds of 500 recently surveyed physicians use some kind of mobile app in the performance of their jobs, according to MedData Group.” akarp@jobson.com

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, June 16, 2014 12:00 AM
“We can show a patient with night myopia how it will look driving on the Turnpike,” said Digital Vision Systems Keith Thompson about the firm’s virtual refraction.” akarp@jobson.com
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