NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Nov. 6–12, when compared with the previous week at a rate of 6 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 3 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 46) when compared with last year (2022), 13 points above the same period in 2021, 9 points above 2020, and 16 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

All optical sales categories were up last week when compared with the previous week, at rates of 6 index points for gross revenue, 4 index points for exams/refractions, 6 index points for frame units, 5 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, ranging from the only increase of 3 index points for gross revenue to the greatest decrease of -4 index points for both frame units and lens pairs. Exams/refractions remained flat and contact lenses decreased at a rate of -1 index point.

With optical sales categories increasing last week, four 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 121 index points for gross revenue to a low of 88 index points for contact lenses. The other three categories reached 103 index points for exams/refractions, 102 index points for frame units and 101 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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