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 7-30-15

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, July 30, 2015 9:03 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EYE2
Six15’s New Smart Glasses and Platform
WEB TECH
Optovue Debuts Online Learning Portal
Shamir New Blog for ECPs

From Eye² to Eyecare

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:11 AM NEW YORK—From smart glasses with heads-up displays, internet connectivity and high definition video cameras to goggles that deliver a fully immersive, 3D experience for playing games or watching movies, wearable technology in the form of eyewear offers powerful new ways of “seeing” both the real and virtual worlds.

Using Technology to Combat Motion Sickness

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:11 AM XPand, which makes active shutter glasses for viewing 3D movies, TV and games as well as for vision care, has put its technology to a novel use: fighting motion sickness. The company’s X105-MS-1 Anti Motion Sickness Glasses, which are sold online to consumers for $179, use shuttering lenses to reduce severity of motion sickness while traveling by airplane, boat or driving.

Classic Optical and Partners Help Chicago Public School Students

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:00 AM CHICAGO—Earlier this year, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Vision Program chose Classic Optical, a Youngstown, Ohio-based wholesale lab, to improve its on-site eyeglass delivery system to correct students’ vision problems.

Conant Lens Launches UV++

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:00 AM MARIETTA, Ga.— Conant Lens is introducing UV++, a lens that blocks shorter wavelength light. Exposure to this spectrum of blue light, which is emitted from digital devices, can cause eye strain, blurred vision, dry eyes and retinal damage.

Recon Releases Smart Nutrition App for Recon Jet Smart Eyewear

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:00 AM VANCOUVER, Canada—Recon Instruments is introducing Refuel, a smart nutrition app for Recon Jet smart eyewear, an advanced smart eyewear solution for sports and high-intensity environments that was released in April.

Schneider Showcases Innovative Technologies at Digicon 2015

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:00 AM FRONHAUSEN, Germany—Schneider Optical Machines presented its latest innovations in ophthalmic surfacing, finishing, cleaning and coating and analyzed trends in lens processing technology at the Digicon Europe 2015.

Six15 Technologies Launches Infinity Smart Glasses and Platform

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:00 AM ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Six15 Technologies, based here, has launched a smart glasses and turnkey software and integration solution. Called the Infinity Platform, it is available to developers and strategic partners now, and will be available worldwide for non-consumer applications in January 2016, according to Six15.

VSP Offers Blue Light Protection With Sharper Image TechShield

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:00 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—To provide patients with protection against blue light, VSP Optics Group is launching Sharper Image TechShield lenses.

Zeiss Launches New DuraVision AR Coating Family

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:00 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—To provide patients with protection against blue light, VSP Optics Group is launching Sharper Image TechShield lenses.

VMail Technology for 7-16-15

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, July 16, 2015 9:00 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EYE2
Perfect Squares Body Temperature Monitor
WEB TECH
​Essilor Relaunches ECP University Web Site
TOOLS/SUPPLIES
Eschenbach’s Optoform Storage System

HelpMeSee Wins Five Recognitions from Hermes Creative Awards

By Andrew Karp
Friday, July 10, 2015 1:44 PM

HelpMeSee, a global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness, was recently recognized with five separate awards for creative marketing, video and photography from the Hermes Creative Awards. The judges received over 6,000 entries from around the world for this year’s contest.

VMail Technology for 7-9-15

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, July 09, 2015 10:08 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

EXAMS/DISPENSING
Kowa Upgrades Nonmyd 7
EYE2
PogoTec Announces Pogo-Power
WEB TECH
FDA-Cleared App Monitors AMD, DR

VMail Technology for 7-2-15

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, July 02, 2015 10:05 AM VM's weekly roundup of new technologies for the eyecare practice, optical dispensary and lab.

In This Edition...

SYSTEMS/EQUIPMENT

Phantom’s Model 95 Tinter
WEB TECH
TreVia Digital Health, D-EYE Partnership
TOOLS/SUPPLIES
NovaBay’s intelli-Case Gets FDA Clearance

Schneider Showcases Innovative Technologies at Digicon

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 3:56 PM FRONHAUSEN, Germany—Schneider Optical Machines presented its latest innovations in ophthalmic surfacing, finishing, cleaning and coating and analyzed trends in lens processing technology at the Digicon Europe 2015.
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