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, June 20, 2016 12:00 AM “China is experiencing an unparalleled visual health crisis.” Professor Li Ling, leader of the China National Vision Health Project. akarp@jobson.com

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

Hello Optical…Cuba Is Calling

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 11, 2016 12:00 AM A photo of President Obama taken during his historic trip to Cuba showed him sporting a pair of pricey Oliver Peoples sunglasses.The photo of our shades-wearing commander in chief got me wondering about the potential for U.S. optical companies to do business with Cuba, now that the U.S. plans to ease trade restrictions

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 11, 2016 12:00 AM “When someone asks for a tip on improving productivity, remind them that an annual eye exam just might help.” Maureen Cavanagh, Vision Impact Institute

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 28, 2016 12:00 AM “We are proud to have created and developed the first FDA-approved product [Triggerfish sensor-embedded CL] in this category.”

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 7, 2016 12:00 AM “New research suggests that employees’ definition of stylish eyewear extends to lens choice as well as to frame choice.”—Transitions Optical survey

Optical’s Influence on Wearables Is Growing

By Andrew Karp
Monday, February 15, 2016 12:00 AM When smart glasses first appeared, many eyecare professionals were curious about their potential. But since Google yanked its Glass wearable off the market a year ago and no other product has come along to capture the public’s attention, interest among ECPs, and consumers in general, has waned.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, January 18, 2016 12:00 AM “Eye protection isn’t a niche, it’s for everyone.” Eric Leonard, president, Essilor of America.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 14, 2015 12:00 AM “We need to educate the public that you don’t have to live in discomfort, when using technology.” Dora Adamopoulous, OD, Medical Advisor, The Vision Council

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 16, 2015 12:00 AM “Consumers are thinking twice about having to drive, battle weather or kill time to access optical products and services.”—Barry Santini, Long Island Opticians

Stumbling Along Tech’s Learning Curve

By Andrew Karp
Monday, October 19, 2015 12:00 AM Who said learning to use new technologies is easy? I did, actually. Well, maybe not in so many words. But as VM’s lens and technology editor, I have written about hundreds of new technologies over the years.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, September 14, 2015 12:00 AM “With Millennials being the most ethnically diverse generation, ECPs will see more patients who are proponents of cultural sensitivity.” Patience Cook, Transitions Optical

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.
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