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The Latest COVID-19 Data

Most Americans Expect a COVID-19 Vaccine Within a Year

By Staff
Thursday, June 4, 2020 1:53 PM Most Americans are optimistic that medical advances to treat or prevent the coronavirus are on the horizon, and around seven-in-ten say they would get a vaccine for COVID-19 if it were available, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted April 29 to May 5.

Americans’ expectations for the year ahead include an effective treatment or cure for COVID-19, as well as a vaccine to prevent the disease: 83 percent and 73 percent of U.S. adults, respectively, say these developments will definitely or probably occur. At the same time, 83 percent of adults expect another coronavirus outbreak within the year, and 69 percent expect the focus on the coronavirus to delay progress on other disease treatments.

Around seven-in-ten adults (72 percent) say they would definitely (42 percent) or probably (30 percent) get a coronavirus vaccine if one were available, while about a quarter (27 percent) say they would not. The survey comes amid concerns that activists and others who are hesitant to get vaccinated for other diseases might not get inoculated against the coronavirus.

Click here to read the full story from Pew Research Center. 

A Slight Decline in the Business Index for Sales Across the U.S. for the Week Ending May 31, Per the Latest Jobson COVID-19 Tracker

By Staff
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK —A shorter week due to the Memorial Day holiday may have contributed to a decrease in the single-digit range of 7 or 9 index points for the sales of all products and services among eyecare professionals across the U.S. for the week ending May 31, according to the latest Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker.

Click to view the COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker for the Week Ending May 31, 2020.

Reopenings Increase Eyewear-Related Purchases, ECP Coronavirus Study Shows

By Staff
Friday, May 29, 2020 12:33 AM NEW YORK—ECPs who have reopened their practices report they are seeing fewer patients per day, as they expected, due to social distancing and safety concerned but there are more eyewear-related purchases happening during the week of May 22-26—the latest period surveyed by Jobson Optical Research in the 10th wave of the ECP Coronavirus Survey. The rate of eyecare practice and optical location reopenings increased during the month of May as state and local county guidelines permitted during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Reopenings Increase Overall Gross Revenue, per Jobson COVID-19 Tracker

By Staff
Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The optical business again experienced steady growth in all product/service categories, marking six weeks of increases. On a national level, the growth was again substantial, measuring at a rate of index points in the double digits. Business increases ranged from 10 index points for contact lenses to 12 index points for gross revenue. The three other categories being tracked (exams/refractions, frame units, lens pairs) grew at a rate of 11 index points each.

Latest Vision Council Research Webinar Explores Evolving Consumer Behavior and Industry Response During COVID-19

By Staff
Friday, May 22, 2020 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—More ECP practices are open as states and local governments are loosening stay-at-home restrictions, acute consumer concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic are lessening in some parts of the country.

Survey Examines Nationwide Impact and Response of Optometry Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Staff
Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—At considerable sacrifice, doctors of optometry continued to deliver emergency and urgent care during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, according to a new survey by the American Optometric Association’s Health Policy Institute (HPI).

U.S. Optical Business Continues Upward Trend, According to COVID-19 Business Tracker for Week Ending May 17

By Staff
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:36 AM NEW YORK—The U.S. optical business continued to trend upward as more optical locations started to reopen. The results of the Tracker reflect the fifth week of positive metrics showed a consistent rate of growth in all sales categories, according to the latest COVID-19 Business Tracker.

Click to view the COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker for the week ending May 17, 2020. 

Eyecare Practices That Have Reopened Find Many Patients 'Eager' to Reschedule Appointments, Wave 9 of Jobson Research Survey Finds

By Staff
Friday, May 15, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—A number of positive signs for ECPs have emerged in Wave 9 of the Jobson Optical Research Coronavirus ECP survey, including the finding that 75 percent of respondents whose practices are open have found that patient demand is as expected (49 percent) or even higher (26 percent) than expected. In addition, 91 percent of the respondents said their patients were either “eager to reschedule” (33 percent) or willing to reschedule if they are “comfortable with the safety precautions in place” (58 percent), according to the survey’s findings being released today.

Click to view a PDF of the full survey results.

The Vision Council Releases Latest COVID-19 Optical Impact Consumer Study as it Continues to Track Business Trends

By Staff
Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—More than one-third of U.S. adult consumers were staying in touch with their eyecare provider in March and April, even with most offices shut down and ECPs prevented from making in-person contact or visiting with patients. This was one of the findings in April’s COVID-19 Optical Impact Consumer Study.

Upticks in Business Seen Across the U.S., as Practice Reopenings Occur, According to Jobson COVID-19 Tracker for Week Ending May 10

By Staff
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:33 AM NEW YORK—As eyecare practices and optical retailers begin to reopen in more parts of the country, the latest Jobson Research COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker for the week ending May 10, is reflecting a fourth week of growth.

Click to view the COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker for the week ending May 10, 2020.

The Vision Council Says New Survey Data Show ‘Signs of the Beginning of a Sustained Turnaround’ for ECPs

By Staff
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—In another indication of the improving outlook for eyecare, The Vision Council released a few key data points this week that show both consumer and ECP sentiment is rebounding from the low points of late March and most of April.

With More Reopenings, ECP Practices Reflected an Uptick in Overall Performance for Week Ending May 3

By Staff
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—ECP practices reflected an uptick in overall performance in the week ending May 3, according to the latest COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker. All optical product/service categories being tracked throughout the U.S. have been inching upward over the past month (except contact lenses) with the largest increase occurring last week, when comparing metrics from April 27-May 3 with the previous week of April 20-April 26.

Click to view the COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker for May 5, 2020.

A Majority of Eyecare Practices Expect to be 'Up and Running' Within a Week, or Sooner, After Receiving Official Go-Ahead, Wave 7 of Jobson Survey Finds

By Staff
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:34 AM NEW YORK—Slightly more than four in 10 (41.2 percent) eyecare professionals who responded to a Jobson Optical Research survey said they expect to be "up and running" their practices immediately once given the required regulatory approvals.

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Latest COVID-19 Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Shows Optical Businesses Saw Slight Uptick in Two Product Categories, for Week Ending April 26

By Staff
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—As some states have started reopening select businesses, most remain shut, yet the optical business throughout the U.S. experienced a slight uptick in all but one product/service category last week.

Click to view the COVID19 Practice Performance Tracker for April 28, 2020.

Latest COVID-19 Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Shows Tiny Uptick in National ECP Gross Revenue, for Week Ending April 19

By Staff
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The latest data aggregated across the U.S. from eyecare practices for the week of April 13-April 19 indicate that the optical business may have bottomed out following the steep decline precipitated by stay-at-home orders in most states in reaction to COVID-19. No longer in decline for the previous week, gross revenue on a national level took an upturn for the first time since this crisis began albeit only at a rate of 1 index point. This occurred as most optical practices throughout the U.S. remain shut. Hovering around 90 percent are those ECPs still impacted by stay-at-home orders, according to the latest Coronavirus ECP Survey by Jobson Optical Research, as VMAIL reported this week.

Click to view the COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker for April 21, 2020.