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Nearly All Patients Find Managed Vision Care ‘Important,’ Survey Says, But Half are ‘Critics’

By dba Staff
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Almost all (95 percent) of the 19,934 patients surveyed who had recent experiences with a managed vision care plan consider them to be “somewhat” or “very” important, according to the “2014 Managed Vision Care Patient Experience Study” produced jointly by Jobson Optical Research and focalCenter.

Millions More Lenses Sold This Year than Before the Recession Set In

By dba Staff
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—About 3.7 million more pairs of lenses were sold in the U.S. during the 12-month period ending June 2014 than were sold during the 12-month period ending June 2008, before the recession set in and slowed sales throughout the entire optical industry, according to the most recent statistics released by VisionWatch, the large scale continuous research study conducted by The Vision Council. That’s an increase of about 5 percent.

Average Retail Lens Prices Now Higher Than Before the Recession

By Staff
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 3:00 PM The average retail selling price for prescription lenses has increased slightly over the past year, about 3 percent from $140.16 to $144.44 from the 12-month period ending June 2013 to the 12-month period ending June 2014, according to statistics just released by VisionWatch, the large scale continuous research study conducted by The Vision Council.

Affordable Care Act Has Little Immediate Impact on Optical

By John Sailer
Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—"Recent developments with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have not had too much of an immediate impact on the optical industry through the first five months of 2014," according to The Vision Council's latest VisionWatch Economic Situation Study: May 2014, which surveyed 5,023 adult consumers about purchasing behavior for optical goods during the first five months of this year.

Recession to Recovery: Comparing 2007 With 2013 Eyecare and Eyewear Trends

By dba Staff
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:03 AM NEW YORK—Comparing pre-Great Recession eyewear and eyecare trends with those from last year shows that the U.S. vision care industry is back on the upswing.

Chains vs. Independents: Research Survey Compares Consumer Perceptions Toward Both

By dba Staff
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9:00 AM With specific data comparing the patient experience at independent optometric locations versus chains, Jobson Optical Research's "2013 Adult Consumer Eye Exam Experience" includes extensive information related to consumer perceptions and attitudes toward the overall eye exam experience.

U.S. Optical Retail Market Increases 3.7 Percent in 2013

By dba Staff
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 8:03 AM The total U.S. optical retail market grew by 3.7 percent for the 12-month period ending December 2013, when compared with the same period in 2012, according to The Vision Council’s most recent VisionWatch report.

Doctor or Retailer Recommendation Most Cited Reason for Choosing a Lens

By Staff
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 10:00 AM A recommendation from a doctor or retailer is the most frequently cited reason for choosing a particular lens, according to the latest statistics available from The Vision Council's most recent VisionWatch report.

Little Change in Frames' Average Retail Price Over Past Two Years

By dba Staff
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 7:00 AM

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The average retail price for eyeglass frames was $127.56 for the six months ending September 2013, according to the most recent statistics available from The Vision Council's VisionWatch report. This represents a 2.3 percent increase when compared with the same period last year and a 2.8 percent increase over the same period in 2011. The graph shows the changes in the average retail price for eyeglass frames from September 2011 to September 2013.

Prescription Lens Prices Up 4.6 Percent or $6.18 Per Pair for Year Ending June 2013

By dba Staff
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 1:12 AM

Total retail prescription lens prices were up 4.6 percent during the 12-month period from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, when compared to the same period a year prior, according to The Vision Council's latest VisionWatch statistics. That represents an increase of $6.18 per pair. Lens prices have been increasing for about 3.5 years now, with prices climbing sharply over the past six quarters, according to the report. In addition, total Rx lens prices during the June 2013 period were higher than they were before the recession started, up by 7 percent when compared with prices from the 12-month period ending June 30, 2008.

Managed Vision Care Use Grows More Than 10 Percent Over Five Years

By dba Staff
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 2:00 AM

While consumer use of vision insurance held steady when used individually for eye exams or eyewear, it grew by 11 percent over the past five years when used for both, according to the 2013 Eyewear & Eye Care Consumer Patterns Insight Survey from Jobson Research. Part of the Insight Survey Series examining eyewear and eyecare consumer patterns going back to April 2008, the study examines the factors that affect consumers’ eyeglasses and lens purchasing decisions.

Chain Optometrists Earn More than Independents, Jobson Research Study Shows

By dba staff
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 2:09 AM

Both the median salary for optometrists as well as the average salary for optometrists in 2012 was higher for those who work for chain stores compared to independents, according to the 2013 ECP Compensation Study, produced by Jobson Optical Research in conjunction with Local Eye Site. The median salary for optometrists working in chain stores was 11.2 percent higher than that for independent optometrists, while the average salary was 14.7 percent higher for chain optometrists compared to independents, according to the report.

What Do Patients Value Most in an Eyecare Professional's Waiting Room?

By dba staff
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 2:03 AM

NEW YORK—A friendly receptionist and a comfortable environment are what patients value most in an eyecare professional's waiting room, according to The Waiting Game, a new report from Jobson Optical Research. A majority (58.5 percent) of the 4,738 respondents in the December 2012 study cited "friendly receptionist" as "very important" in the waiting room of an eye doctor's office, while 45 percent felt that "comfortable chairs" and a "comfortable temperature" were "very important."

Substantially Higher Salaries for Those Managing More Than Five Offices

By dba Staff
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 2:00 AM

NEW YORK—Salaries for office managers vary little for those managing one office compared with those managing two to five offices, according to the recent 2012 ECP Compensation Study produced by Jobson Optical Research in conjunction with Local Eye Site. However, salaries for those managing more than five offices are more than double that of those managing either one office or two to five offices.

Primary Eyecare Provider Market Share

By dba Staff
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 2:00 AM

NEW YORK—Corporate eyecare providers, primarily retail chains, have a 32 percent market share of the primary eyecare patient population and a 46 percent share of primary eyecare revenue, according to the Review of Optometric Business special report on Challenges and Opportunities in the Future of Independent Optometry, sponsored by Vision Source.

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