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.

Rochester Optical Execs Discuss Epson Moverio and Smart Glasses Market

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:00 PM Rochester Optical has developed prescription lenses specifically for Moverio smart glasses. These Smart GOLD Lenses (Glasses Optimized Lens Designs) are custom-designed to support the Moverio experience by reducing image displacement, improving visual acuity, supporting binocularity and relieving eye fatigue.

VMail Technology EyeVote for 12-18-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, December 18, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

Readers' Choices

OPTICAL EQUIPMENT
Optical Equipment & Supplies Company: Hilco
Finishing Brand: Santinelli International
Surfacing Brand: Coburn Technologies
Supplies/Consumables Brand: Hilco
Dispensing Tools Brand: Hilco

DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT
Diagnostic Equipment Company: Carl Zeiss Meditec
Diagnostic Equipment Brand: Zeiss

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
Practice Management Software Company: Eyefinity
Practice Management Sofware Brand: OfficeMate

ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS
EHR Company: Eyefinity
EHR Brand: ExamWRITER

OPTICAL APP
Optical App: OTTO

ONLINE ORDERING
Company Website: VisionWeb

Adlens Launches Adjustable Eyewear to Combat Digital Eye Strain

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM OXFORD, U.K.—Adlens, based here, is releasing Adlens Interface, a new type of adjustable eyewear that helps relieve the effects of digital eyestrain.

Italian Manufacturer Mei Opens Facility in Brazil

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM SAO PAULO, Brazil—Mei, the Italian manufacturer of milling equipment for optical labs, has opened a facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil to better serve customers in South and Central America.

Mitsui’s New Lens Material Cuts Short Wavelength Light

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM TOKYO—Mitsui Chemicals is launching a new ophthalmic lens material that helps protect eyes from not only ultraviolet (10-400nm) light rays but also 400nm-420nm wavelength light.

OptoTech Opens Center for Ophthalmic Optical Machinery in Wisconsin

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM GERMANTOWN, Wis.—OptoTech, a leading manufacturer of ophthalmic lens processing and precision optics equipment based in Germany, is significantly expanding its presence in the U.S.

Shamir’s New Sun System Combines Optics and Fashion

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM Calif.—Shamir is launching Shamir X3, a fashion-focused sun system that enables ECPs to offer a complete solution to patients that includes Rx lenses, proprietary mirrors, lens engravings and other elements.

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.

VMail Technology for 12-11-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, December 11, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS / DISPENSING
Six New Ezer Slit Lamps
SOFTWARE
Optic~Pro Optical Retail Software
WEB TECH
Switch Vision Remodels Site

VMail Technology for 11-28-14

By Andrew Karp
Friday, November 28, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

SYSTEMS/EQUIPMENT
Safilens Sonic Wave Generator
EXAMS/DISPENSING
Innova’s Rabin Cone Test
TOOLS/SUPPLIES
Gulden IOL Inserts

VMail Technology for 11-20-14

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS / DISPENSING
i-Lid Cleanser Proves Effective
WEB TECH
Opti-Port Debuts CLX 2.0
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
OptiSource’s Job Tray Cleaner

Dynamically Digital Eyewear

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:15 AM The digitization of eyewear has been gathering momentum since the start of the millennium. That’s when the first digitally designed and manufactured progressive lenses were introduced. For roughly the past 10 years—let’s call it The Digital Decade—eyeglass wearers have been enjoying the benefits of these high performance lenses, which deliver sharper vision and expanded fields of view.

New Study Shows Car Drivers’ Performance With Adlens Adjustables

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:00 AM OXFORD, U.K.—Car drivers perform at the same level whether they wear Adlens adjustable focus eyewear perform or prescription eyewear, according to a new research study conducted by Adlens and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Marchon’s Lab Provides Accounts With One-Stop Shopping

By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM MELVILLE, N.Y.—Frame manufacturers typically distribute their products through optical laboratories, but seldom if ever own and operate a lab themselves.

Mei Opens Facility in Brazil

By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM SAO PAULO, Brazil—Mei, the Italian manufacturer of milling equipment for optical labs, has opened a facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil to better serve customers in South and Central America. The facility, the company’s first in South America, houses a sales office, warehouse and demonstration area.
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