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 7-24-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS / DISPENSING
Visual Acuity Added to Chart2020 Duo
WEB TECH
TVCI Launches UV Protection App
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
Mounting Adapter for Eschenbach Galilean Telescope

Essilor Launches New Generation of Optifog Lenses

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM DALLAS—Essilor is launching a new and improved version of its Optifog lenses. Patients no longer need a special liquid to activate the anti-fog property on the lenses weekly. Instead, patients will be able to clean and activate Optifog lenses at the same time with the Optifog Activator Cloth.

Shamir Release Shamir Duo, a New Generation of Bifocal Lenses

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM SAN DIEGO—Shamir Insight is launching its first bifocal, Shamir Duo. The lens features a patent-pending Freeform design that offers surface continuity, eliminating the visible line that is associated with flat-top bifocals, providing the patient with improved optics.

Transitions Photochromic Lenses Available in New Graphite Green

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM DALLAS—Essilor and Transitions Optical have partnered to develop and launch Transitions Signature VII lenses in a graphite green color.

Zeiss Intros PureCoat PLUS, an Enhanced AR Coating

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM SAN DIEGO—Zeiss, the company that invented AR coating, is introducing its latest AR offering: PureCoat PLUS. The new coating builds on the success of the company’s original PureCoat AR with improved hydrophobic performance and durability.

Overheard

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, July 17, 2014 4:29 PM

VMail Technology for 7-17-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS / DISPENSING
Topcon's New Wireless Review Station
WEB TECH
OptiQuiz Update
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
Santinelli Expands Optical Supplies Line

VMail Technology for 7-10-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, July 10, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

SOFTWARE
Smart System 20/20 Software Update
WEB TECH
Williams Group Launches wgsocial.com
New Coppertone Website

VMail Technology for 7-3-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, July 03, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS / DISPENSING
Volk Optical's Pictor Plus
WEB TECH
CooperVision Mobile App
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
WOS' Lens Splitting Plier

VMail Technology for 6-26-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, June 26, 2014 9:03 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT
Schneider Debuts HSC Modulo XT
WEB TECH
ABB Group Annual Supply Tutorial 
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
Eschenbach’s MaxTV Galilean Telescope Clip

Refraction Reboot

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:01 AM Advanced technologies are improving the accuracy, efficiency and speed of the eye exam and refraction process. But potential game changers—such as virtual refraction, low cost, smartphone-based systems and online refractive eye exams—are starting to fundamentally redefine “refraction.” Find out why refraction is no longer just a matter of “better or worse” in this Special Feature.

Vision Testing, On the Go

By Andrew Karp
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 12:08 AM A new class of low cost, portable refraction devices that run on specialized apps and software is adding a new dimension to the field of vision testing. Here’s a look at some of the latest products in this emerging category.

VMail Technology for 6-19-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS / DISPENSING

Konan Expands Chart2020 App
WEB TECH
Smith Optics’ New Website
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
Gulden's All-Metal Distometer

Print Your Own Specs

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:00 PM 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is quickly moving into the consumer realm thanks to the recent availability of compact, affordable printers for do-it-yourselfers who like to design and make things.

I Believe I Can Fly

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:00 PM This video captures a paraglider flight on Elk Mountain, British Columbia and was shot by Biff Romulus, aka Kevin Ault, using his Pivothead video glasses.
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