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.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:00 AM “Sony is developing a smart contact lens which can record videos and play them back.”—Hashem Al-Ghaili, www.facebook.com/sciencenaturepage. akarp@jobson.com

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 15, 2017 12:00 AM “A set of snap-together glasses designed by Rice University students will help show patients how their vision could deteriorate over time due to diabetic retinopathy.” akarp@jobson.com

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 24, 2017 12:00 AM “Companies should consider inclusion of its in-house counsel and HR in discussions about AI integration into the workplace.”— Sarah Moore, in Crain’s Cleveland Business akarp@jobson.com

How AI Will Transform Eyecare

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:30 AM I was in London recently to visit Moorfields Eye Hospital. Although it’s the oldest eye hospital in the world, there is nothing antique about it.

A Backstage Pass to Rockin’ For New Eyes

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:58 PM HARD ROCK CAFE—Guitar. Check. Guitar picks, medium gauge. Check. A pack of new guitar strings. Check. Head backstage at the Hard Rock Cafe with VM’s own Andy Karp as he preps for optical’s big gig next Saturday night—the Rockin’ For New Eyes benefit concert. The supporting cast includes five bands and 38 musicians from all walks of optical industry life. Check out who’s performing and why. Click here to read the latest edition of VMail Weekend.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 13, 2017 12:00 AM “AI’s impact on the business world in the next three to five years will be ‘massive—but also massively unpredictable.’”—Intel’s Joe Curley, in AIBusiness.com.” akarp@jobson.com

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:00 AM “Harmful blue light protection is valued across generations, but is less top-of-mind for Boomers.”—Transitions Optical’s 2017 Employee Perceptions of Vision Benefits survey akarp@jobson.com

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:00 AM “Artificial intelligence (AI) is the 21st century equivalent of electricity and the internet.”—AI Trends newsletter akarp@jobson.com

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 12, 2016 12:00 AM “Reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate.” Snap, whose Spectacles sunglasses feature an video camera. 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

Overheard

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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