Andrew Karp

Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses & Technology

Andrew has reported on many facets of the optical industry for Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine since 1987. He specializes in covering the latest developments in ophthalmic dispensing, spectacle lenses and treatments, lens processing technology, optical laboratories and wearable technology. Andrew edits VMail Technology, a weekly e-newsletter that spotlights new products, software and online applications for labs and dispensers. He helps plan and produce Vision Monday’s annual Global Leadership Summit. Contact Andrew at akarp@jobson.com.

What Jennifer Aniston and I Have in Common

By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 14, 2016 12:00 AM Until recently, I never thought Jennifer Aniston and I had much in common. In fact, we are a study in contrasts. She’s a superstar actress and mega-celebrity. I edit optical magazines. She’s blonde and beautiful. I’m silver haired. She was once married to Brad Pitt. The closest I’ll ever come to Brad Pitt is seeing him on the silver screen.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 AM “Severe diabetic retinopathy was linked to depression, and it should prompt clinicians to inquire about a patient’s mental health according to a study in JAMA Ophthalmology.”

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 15, 2016 12:00 AM “Today’s ECPs are seeing an increasingly diverse patient base—in terms of ethnicity and age.” Sherrol Reynolds, OD, FAAO, vice president, National Optometric Association

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By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM “Proper prescription glasses have a greater impact on a child’s academic performance than any other health intervention.” Maureen Cavanagh, Vision Impact Institute akarp@jobson.com

Remembering a Most Influential Woman

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM Bonnie Sericko, who died May 24 at age 99, was never profiled among Vision Monday’s Most Influential Women. But that doesn’t mean she wasn’t influential. In fact, Sericko influenced not just a company, product category or profession, but our entire industry.

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

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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

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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.”

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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.

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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

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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
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