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.
to read the full story from Pew Research Center.
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.
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.Click to view a PDF of the full survey results.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Click to view a PDF of the full survey results.
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.