NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations remained flat last week, Oct. 23–29, when compared with the previous week. That places gross revenue at a level 4 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 44) when compared with last year (2022), 11 points above the same period in 2021, 8 points above 2020 and 17 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 0 index points for gross revenue, 1 index point for exams/refractions, 1 index point for frame units, -5 index points for lens pairs, and -1 index point 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 4 index points for both gross revenue and exams/refractions to the greatest decrease of -3 index points for both frame units and lens pairs. Contact lenses remained flat at 0 index points.

With optical sales categories being mixed last week, only two 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 116 index points for gross revenue to a low of 84 index points for contact lenses. The other three categories reached 102 index points for exams/refractions, 97 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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