Andrew Karp

Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses & Technology

Andrew has reported on many facets of the optical industry for Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine since 1987. He specializes in covering the latest developments in ophthalmic dispensing, spectacle lenses and treatments, lens processing technology, optical laboratories and wearable technology. Andrew contributes daily briefings to VMAIL LaunchPad, that spotlights new products, software and online applications for labs and dispensers. He also helps plan and produce Vision Monday’s annual Global Leadership Summit. Contact Andrew at

A ‘Wintery Mix’ of Illnesses Could Spell Trouble for Eyecare Practices

By Andrew Karp
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 2:02 AM It’s been 31 months since I last set foot in our office in New York City. Driven out by COVID-19, I’ve been working from home, like the rest of our VM team. Fortunately, the threat of COVID-19 has receded in many parts of the U.S. Death rates have fallen, as have infection rates. For many of us, life has begun returning to “normal.”

How the Tech-Optical Convergence Influences Eyewear

By Andrew Karp
Sunday, February 6, 2022 3:15 AM Starting with the launch of Google Glass in 2013, tech giants such as Google, Meta and Amazon have been exploring ways to make eyeglasses a vehicle for their consumer technologies. A prominent example is Ray-Ban Stories, which features a Ray-Ban frame with camera and audio capabilities and is the result of Meta’s collaboration with EssilorLuxottica.

A Teachable Moment About Eyeglasses

By andrew karp
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 1:00 AM Sometimes we get so deeply involved in our own little universes that we forget that not everyone lives there, too. I’m reminded of this when I meet people for the first time and they ask me what type of work I do. When I tell them, “I edit magazines about eyeglasses and vision,” I sometimes get a quizzical look, followed by questions such as “Is there really a whole magazine just about eyeglasses? What’s there to write about?”

Keeping Our Eyes on 5G

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 22, 2021 12:00 AM

Optical Labs, ECPs and the True Meaning of Partnership

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 12:00 AM Partnership is one of the most overused words in business communications these days. It seems like nearly every new vendor-customer relationship, distribution deal or joint sales promotion is touted as a “partnership.”

Telehealth Will Remain Vital, Post-Pandemic

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 20, 2020 12:41 AM Just a few years ago, telehealth was on a slow to moderate growth trajectory in the U.S. A 2017 study by the telehealth company Avizia found that most patients—about eight out of 10 U.S. consumers—were largely unaware of how to access telehealth or whether their insurer would cover it.

WHO Report Puts Sharper Focus on Poor Vision

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 16, 2019 12:00 AM The World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent publication of its first-ever World Report on Vision may have slipped by unnoticed by many VM readers. But it’s actually a big deal that’s worthy of our attention. The report’s release indicates that WHO, which usually concentrates on fighting life threatening diseases, has now elevated poor vision to a prominent place on its agenda.

When the Moon Hits Your Eye

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 12, 2019 12:00 AM Remember Dean Martin’s big hit, That’s Amore? Who could forget a song that starts, “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.”

Reaching the VM Summit

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:45 PM We’ve just wrapped up our 13th annual Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, the highlights of which are featured in a special report beginning on page 30.

Busting Silos With Blockchain

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:30 AM I’ve never spent much time on farms. But I know a silo when I see it. I spotted one the other day at my doctor’s office. The receptionist handed me an iPad and asked to enter my medical history. Height and weight. Major illnesses and surgeries. What medications do you take? Are you a smoker?

In PALs We Trust

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:00 AM How many progressive lens designs do you think are on the market today? 25? 50? 150? Actually, more than 350 different PALs (Progressive Addition Lenses) are now available, according to The Vision Council. That’s an astounding amount of variety, even taking into account the knock offs and older designs still out there.

Three Assistive Technologies You Should Know About

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 12, 2018 12:00 AM One of my most valuable takeaways from CES 2018 was realizing the variety and sophistication of assistive technology for blind or visually impaired people that is now available. Mixed in among the smart devices, self-driving cars and wearable tech were innovative products and systems designed to help blind or visually impaired people be more independent. Here are three example

Saluting the Military’s Influence on Optical

By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 13, 2017 12:00 AM Last week’s observance of Veteran’s Day got me thinking not only about the crucial role our armed forces play in wartime, but in peacetime as well. In particular, the military, because of its enormous size and vast resources, is a catalyst for change in many fields, not the least of which is vision technology.

Keeping an Eye on Veterans’ Eyes

By Andrew Karp
Friday, November 10, 2017 12:42 PM NEW YORK—Today is Veteran’s Day, the federal holiday when Americans formally recognize the contributions of those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. But what about the contributions of the vision care professionals who care for our veterans? Don’t they deserve some recognition, too?