NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Oct. 30–Nov. 5, when compared with the previous week at a rate of -1 index point. That places gross revenue at a level 1 index point above where it was at this point in time (Week 45) when compared with last year (2022), 11 points above the same period in 2021, 4 points above 2020 and 11 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Optical sales categories were mixed last week when compared with the previous week, at rates of -1 index point for gross revenue, -3 index points for exams/refractions, -1 index point for frame units, 0 index points for lens pairs and 2 index points for contact lenses.

When comparing last week’s optical sales with the same period last year, the results were mixed as well, ranging from the greatest increase of 1 index point for both gross revenue and exams/refractions to the greatest decrease of -5 index points for frame units. Lens pairs decreased at a rate of -4 index points and contact lenses remained flat at 0 index points.

With optical sales categories being mixed last week, only one of the categories reached a level above an average week in 2019—the index baseline assigned a value of 100 for this Optical Business Tracker. These ranged from a high of 115 index points for gross revenue to a low of 86 index points for contact lenses. The other three categories reached 99 index points for exams/refractions, 96 index points for frame units and 96 index points for lens pairs.

Jobson Optical Research selected 1,500 optical locations that have been operating and reporting their sales to its partners, GPN and ABB Analytics, since 2019. The index has been rebased to an average week in 2019. Going forward, this new index base will be used as an arbitrary benchmark and assigned a value of 100.

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