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Total Spectacle Lens Sales on the Increase

By John Sailer
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 4:05 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Total spectacle lens sales were up 10 percent from 39.3 million to 43.2 million over the six-month period ending March 2015, according to the latest statistics available from The Vision Council’s VisionWatch report.

Vision Care Products and Services Up in All Categories over Past Year

By John Sailer
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 11:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The total U.S. market for vision care products and services is up in all categories for the 12-month period ending March 2015, according to the latest statistics available from The Vision Council's VisionWatch report.

Eye Exams Surge to Comprise Almost 45 Percent of All U.S. Adults

By John Sailer
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:00 AM NEW YORK—The percentage of American adults receiving an eye exam has surged upward since the year 2000, reaching a total of over 110.6 million exams among the U.S. adult population for the 12-month period ending December 2014, according to The Vision Council’s senior director of industry research, Steve Kodey, in a recent VisionWatch report released during Vision Expo East. That represents 44.7 percent of the U.S. adult population.

Optical Industry Adds $3.8 Billion in Sales Since the Recession

By John Sailer
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3:30 PM NEW YORK—From April 2009 through December of 2014, the slowly improving economy is responsible for a net increase of 19.6 million eyewear and eyecare customers generating 34.1 million transactions and up to $3.8 billion in additional optical sales, according to The Vision Council's senior director of industry research, Steve Kodey, in a recent VisionWatch report released during Vision Expo East.

Retail Chains Lose Frames Market Share Since Recession, But Sales Are Picking Up

By John Sailer
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 1:00 PM NEW YORK—While increased eyeglass sales have helped independents maintain their market share over the past four years, conventional optical chains have lost 3.3 share points since the recession started, according to a recent VisionWatch report released during Vision Expo East by The Vision Council's senior director of industry research, Steve Kodey.

Multiple Location Office Managers Earn 31 Percent More Than Those in Single Locations

By John Sailer
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:00 AM Office managers that run multiple-location practices earn, on average, 31 percent more than those who manage a single office (see chart below), according to the latest statistics available from Jobson Optical Research's 2014 ECP Compensation Study.

Most Frames Sold by Chains Priced Under $150

By John Sailer
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 1:50 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The majority of frames (56.1 percent) sold by optical retail chains with more than 10 locations fell within the range of $100 to $149 for the 12-month period ending Dec. 31, 2014, according to the latest statistics available from The Vision Council’s VisionWatch report.

2014 Optical Retail Sales Up in Nearly All Categories

By John Sailer
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The value of optical retail sales in all categories of vision care products and services (except refractive surgery) was up for the entire 2014 calendar year when compared with the entire 2013 calendar year, according to the latest statistics available from The Vision Council’s VisionWatch report.

Consumers 'Likely' to Buy Rx Eyeglasses Highest in More Than Two Years

By John Sailer
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The percentage of consumers who are "very likely" and "extremely likely" to buy a complete new pair of prescription eyeglasses is at its highest level since 2012, according to the most recent statistics available from The Vision Council's VisionWatch Consumer Barometer for the six-month period ending September 2014.

Nearly Half of ECPs Post on Social Media From a Few Times a Day to Once a Week

By dba Staff
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 2:00 PM NEW YORK—Nearly a quarter (23.2 percent) of the 332 respondents who participated in Jobson Research's 2014 ECP Internet Usage Study and have a social media presence for their optical practice said that their practices posted content on a social media site a few times a week in 2014, an increase of about two percent when compared with those who said they posted a few times a week in 2013.

Independents Lead Frame Sales in All Regions

By dba Staff
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 12:15 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Independent optical retailers accounted for the highest percentage (44.8 percent) of frame sales throughout the U.S. over the twelve-month period ending September 2014, according to The Vision Council’s latest VisionWatch report, accounting for about half of all frame sales in both the Northeast (48.4 percent) and West (50.6 percent).

Optical Retail Sales Up in Nearly All Categories for 12 Months Ending September 2014

By dba Staff
Monday, November 24, 2014 9:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The value of optical retail sales in all categories of vision care products and services (except refractive surgery) were up for the twelve month period ending September 2014, when compared with the twelve month period ending September 2013, according to The Vision Council’s latest VisionWatch report.

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.
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