At Your Service

By Andrew Karp / Group Editor, Lenses & Technology and Jeff Hopkins / Contributing Editor
Monday, October 26, 2020 12:30 AM In the first days of the coronavirus pandemic, as states and municipalities began issuing shutdown orders, optical retailers and optometric practices across the country went into shock. With many offices closed and eyeglass shipments disrupted, the situation was chaotic. “When everyone literally had the rug pulled out from under them, no previous systems you had in place were going to be helpful when you’re winging it,” recalled optician Ruth Domber, who co-owns 10/10 Optics, a popular optical boutique and optometric practice in New York City. “I called up Scott Pearl [managing director] at ABB Optical Labs and he set up our accounts so we could get deliveries at home, because the Post Office was not delivering on a regular basis. We were able to get things overnight. He waived certain fees for us so we would not get penalized, because he saw that we were doing a certain amount of volume. The communication was almost daily, and any time there was the slightest problem, one phone call resolved everything. The service was extraordinary. It was the best customer service I’ve ever seen from a lab."

As We Age, Seeing Red May Be a Good Thing

By Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses & Technology
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:33 AM Researchers at University College London have given new meaning to the term “seeing red.” Rather than using it to describe someone who is angry, the UCL scientists have conducted a study that found that staring at a deep red light for three minutes a day can significantly improve declining eyesight. The study is the first of its kind performed with humans. Scientists believe the discovery, published in the Journals of Gerontology, could signal the dawn of new affordable home-based eye therapies, helping the millions of people globally with naturally declining vision.

Looking Through Some Very Special Vintage Opera Glasses

By Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses & Technology
Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:26 AM The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center is one of the jewels in New York’s cultural crown. You’d think that, as a native New Yorker, I would have availed myself of this treasure by now. But I’ve never set foot in the place. I suppose that’s because my taste in music runs toward jazz, blues and country. Yet friends tell me that the sheer spectacle of grand opera is worth the price of admission, even if the singing, however brilliant, is not my thing. So the Met is on my bucket list. When I finally get there, I’ll be prepared to take it all in. I’ve got a pair of opera glasses, a very good pair, in fact.

20/20NOW Pursues Expansive Approach to Telehealth

By Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses and Technology

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 12:05 AM NEW YORK—Three years ago, as ocular telehealth began to attract widespread attention throughout the eyecare industry, the focus was largely on “store and forward” technology, which involves collecting clinical information and sending it electronically to another site for evaluation, and the then new technology of visual acuity testing via computer or smartphone.

First Eyewear Experiences Bring a Whole New World Into Focus

By Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses & Technology
Thursday, October 5, 2017 12:27 PM

NEW YORK—For many people, having their vision corrected for the first time can be a profoundly life-changing experience. In my case, though, there was no “wow” moment. I only began wearing glasses in my mid-30s, and looking through the lenses felt strange for the first few weeks. I recall being conscious of the frame, a solid object that now circumscribed my view. But within a month the sensations went away, and soon the glasses felt natural.

Calling All 3-D ECPs

By Andrew Karp: Group Editor, Lenses and Technology
Monday, February 15, 2010 12:40 AM The blockbuster movie “Avatar” has elevated 3-D glasses to the forefront of consumer consciousness.

Signet Armorlite Introduces Kodak Sun Lenses With NXT Technology

By Andrew Karp: Group Editor, Lenses and Technology
Monday, February 15, 2010 12:16 AM SAN MARCOS, Calif.—Signet Armorlite is releasing Kodak Sun Lenses with NXT Technology.

The Return of ‘The Me Decade’

By ANDREW KARP GROUP EDITOR, LENSES AND TECHNOLOGY
Monday, November 16, 2009 1:23 PM Remember The Me Decade?

Singular Sensations

By Andrew Karp: Group Editor, Lenses and Technology
Monday, November 16, 2009 1:20 PM NEW YORK—Until recently, the term “premium single vision lens” seemed like an oxymoron.

VSP, Zeiss Roll Out Reveal PAL Nationwide

By ANDREW KARP GROUP EDITOR, LENSES AND TECHNOLOGY
Monday, November 16, 2009 12:44 PM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP expanded availability of its first co-branded products,

Labapalooza Hits All the Right Notes at Expo West Debut

By Andrew Karp: Group Editor, Lenses and Technology
Monday, October 26, 2009 1:25 AM LAS VEGAS—The annual optical laboratory party, Labapalooza,

Labapalooza Hits All the Right Notes at Expo West Debut

By Andrew Karp: Group Editor, Lenses and Technology
Monday, October 26, 2009 1:22 AM LAS VEGAS—The annual optical laboratory party, Labapalooza,

Methodology

By Andrew Karp: Group Editor, Lenses and Technology
Monday, October 26, 2009 1:19 AM To rank the Top Labs, Vision Monday chose only wholesale labs whose primary business is processing spectacle lenses.

Methodology

By Andrew Karp: Group Editor, Lenses and Technology
Monday, October 26, 2009 1:16 AM To rank the Top Labs, Vision Monday chose only wholesale labs whose primary business is processing spectacle lenses.