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.

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.

DigitalVision Systems Goes Beyond the Phoropter

By Andrew Karp
Monday, June 16, 2014 12:10 AM Unlike companies that have concentrated on modernizing the phoropter, DigitalVision Systems (DVS) has developed a refraction system that does away with the device entirely.
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