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Optical Sales Across the U.S. Decrease in Most Categories for the Week of Jan. 11-17, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The only increase in optical sales last week (Jan. 11-17) was in the category of exams/refractions. Most other optical sales categories were down -4 index points for frame units and lens pairs and -3 index points for gross revenue. However, contact lens sales were down substantially over the course of the last week at a rate of -14 index points. Regionally, the Midwest and West suffered the largest declines in optical sales when compared with the Northeast and South, which also experienced decreases albeit at smaller rates.

Optical Sales Across the U.S. Continued a Resurgence for Week of Jan. 4-10, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—U.S. optical sales continued their nationwide resurgence last week (Jan. 4-10) following the New Year and Christmas holidays. All categories, except exams/refractions, surged to numbers well above even pre-Thanksgiving levels. In fact, all categories, except exams/refractions, returned to sales rates comparable to pre-pandemic levels, and were even higher in the case of contact lenses, according to the latest Jobson Practice Performance Tracker.

Optical Sales Across the U.S. Bounce Back for Week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Optical sales bounced back on a national level last week (Dec. 28-Jan 3) following the substantial declines experienced the previous week (Dec. 21-27) during the Christmas holiday. This is likely due to the typical end-of-year surge in business from those with managed vision care plans and health care flexible spending accounts using up their benefits before the end of the calendar year. While most service/product categories rebounded at rates hovering around 20 index points, exams/refractions grew by half that, by 10 index points last week.

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National Optical Sales Experience Substantial Declines in All Service/Product Categories, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The U.S. experienced substantial declines in optical sales across the board for the last week tracked (Dec. 21-27) in all service/product categories, according to the Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker. The downturn, attributed to the Christmas holiday, ranged from -21 index points for contact lenses to -30 index points for gross revenue. The other three categories declined at rates of -27 index points for frame units, -28 index points for lens pairs, and -29 index points for exams/refractions.

National Optical Sales Experience Little Change for Week of Dec. 14-20, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Nationally, optical sales experienced little change over this past week (Dec. 14-20) as coronavirus cases continued to rage throughout the U.S., according to the Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker. Contact lenses were up 2 index points, exams/refractions and lens pairs were each down 1 index point, and gross revenue and frame units showed no change whatsoever. 

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National Optical Sales Showed Little Change for Week of Dec. 7-13, Jobson Performance Tracker Says

By Staff
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—National optical sales showed little change over the past week (Dec. 7-13), except for contact lens sales, which have trended in their own direction all year. Other than contact lens sales, which were down 6 index points, the other service/product categories, gross revenue and exams/refractions, were either flat or up—2 index points for lens pairs and 1 index point for frame units. All this occurred as total COVID-19 cases nationwide were up more than 10 percent, surpassing 16 million total cases, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

Optical Sales Begin to Recover to Pre-Thanksgiving Week Levels

By Staff
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Following the substantial declines experienced over the Thanksgiving holiday, optical sales recovered last week (Nov. 30-Dec. 6), returning to the same level they were the week before Thanksgiving (Nov. 16-22), according to the Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker. Most categories, including gross revenue, exams/refractions, frame units, and lens pairs, were either equal to or within 1 index point of where they were the week before Thanksgiving.

Optical Sales Throughout the U.S. Experience a Substantial Decline

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Optical sales throughout the U.S. experienced a substantial decrease over the course of last week (Nov. 23-29) in all service/product categories. Due to the entire four-day Thanksgiving Day weekend being within the seven days for which optical sales were most recently tracked, the downturn ranged from -26 index points for contact lenses to -34 index points for gross revenue. The other three categories—exams/refractions, frame units, and lens pairs—declined at rates of index points in the low 30s.

As Daily Cases of the Virus Consistently Top 100,000 Per Day, Optical Sales Remain Flat, Jobson Tracker Says

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—With 20 days in a row of more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day throughout the U.S., according to The COVID Tracking Project, optical sales nationwide remained flat over the past week. For the week of Nov. 16-22, only two categories—gross revenue and lens pairs—showed an uptick of 1 index point, according to the Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker. Regionally, optical sales were either flat or changed by only 1 index point up or down.

Optical Sales Remain Flat as COVID-19 Cases Increase, Jobson Tracker Says

By Staff
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:33 AM NEW YORK—As COVID-19 cases increase exponentially throughout the U.S., jumping from 10 million to 11 million cases nationwide over the past week, according to The COVID Tracking Project, optical sales remained flat for frame units, according to the Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker. For the week of Nov. 9-15, optical sales increased 1 index point in three service/product categories (gross revenue, exams/refractions, and lens pairs), and decreased by 1 index point in contact lens sales. Regionally, most service/product categories showed little change in optical sales in most regions, either remaining flat or increasing by 1 index point.

Optical Sales Throughout the U.S. Are on the Upswing Despite Relentless Spread of COVID-19 Cases

By Staff
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—As daily records of new COVID-19 cases throughout the U.S. are reaching well above 100,000, optical sales were up in all service/product categories being tracked over the past week (Nov. 2-8). According to the latest Practice Performance Tracker from Jobson Research, sales increases ranged from a high of 3 index points for gross revenue and contact lenses to a low of 1 index point for exams/refractions.

Optical Sales Throughout the U.S. See Declines as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Increase, According to Jobson Research Tracker

By Staff
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Optical sales throughout the U.S. declined over the course of last week (Oct. 26-Nov. 1) as COVID-19 cases continued increasing throughout the country. Most service/product categories declined by 1 index point in the gross revenue, exams/refractions, frame units and lens pairs categories, while the contact lens category was down by 2 index points. Regionally, optical sales in the four Census regions being tracked were somewhat varied. The Northeast was the only region to experience any increase in optical sales, at rates of 2 index points for lens pairs and 1 index point for frame units.

Optical Sales Remain Flat Despite Upward Trend of COVID-19 Cases

By Staff
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Optical sales throughout the U.S. continued to remain flat this past week, showing little change from the previous week (Oct. 12 to 18), according to the latest Jobson COVID-19 Performance Tracker for the week ending Oct. 25. Sales showed little change over the course of last week even as COVID-19 cases continue to break records throughout the country, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. All service/product categories were up a slightly by 1 index point except contact lenses which were down by 1 index point.

Optical Sales Remain Flat Despite Uptick in COVID-19 Cases in Nearly All States

By Staff
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—COVID-19 case counts trending upward throughout the U.S. had little impact on the eyecare business, according to the latest Jobson COVID-19 Performance Tracker for the week ending Oct. 18. Following a slight downturn during the previous week, Oct. 5 to 11, optical sales over this past week, Oct. 12 to 18, remained flat across the board, with the only negligible change occurring in contact lens sales, which declined only -1 index point nationally last week.

National Optical Sales Experience a Slight Downturn as Virus Numbers Increase in 37 States, Per Jobson COVID-19 Performance Tracker

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—National optical sales experienced a slight downturn across the board last week, according to the latest Jobson COVID-19 Performance Tracker for the week ending Oct. 11. As cases of COVID-19 increased in 37 states, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, optical sales decreased in all service/product categories on a national level for the most recent period monitored, Oct. 5 to 11.

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