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Jobson ECP Coronavirus Surveys

ECPs Optimistic as Business Increases, Wave 15 of Jobson Survey Finds

By Staff
Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Even with the coronavirus pandemic continuing to move across the U.S. in a hopscotch-like path, ECPs and eyecare practice managers seem to be exhibiting a more optimistic outlook on circumstances and taking steps to get back to more of a “normal” approach to business, according to the 15th Wave of Jobson's ECP Coronavirus Survey. Jobson Research conducted the survey during the Sept. 18-22 period.

Patient Purchases and Practice Revenues Rise, Per Latest Jobson Survey

By Staff
Monday, August 31, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—As more eyecare patients across the U.S. cautiously resume visits to their eye doctor and local optical stores, health care experts continue to eye the high number of COVID-19 cases in certain states with concern. However, the average number of patients seen per day is nearing pre-COVID levels, according to according to the 14th Wave of Jobson's ECP Coronavirus Survey, conducted by Jobson Research for the Aug. 21-27 period.

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Patients Are Back and ECPs Are Busy, But More COVID Cases Are Causing Concern, Per 13th Wave of Jobson's Latest ECP Coronavirus Survey

By Staff
Monday, July 20, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Business for ECPs has still sustained a strong performance, although as the increase in COVID-19 cases rises in many states across the country, there is a growing concern about the possibility of potential slowdowns. Nevertheless, according to the 13th Wave of Jobson's ECP Coronavirus Survey, conducted by Jobson Research, for the July 10-15 period, there has been an increase in the average number of patients being seen per day (21) compared to pre-COVID levels of 26.8 per day, respondents said.

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ECPs Seeing More Patients at Reopened Practices, But Their Concerns Increased Due to Higher COVID Case Numbers, Per Wave 12 of Jobson's ECP Coronavirus Study

By Staff
Friday, June 26, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Results of the 12th Wave Jobson ECP Coronavirus Survey (conducted June 19-23) are in and some 95 percent of ECPs across the U.S. have reopened and reflect an uptick in topline business, seeing more patients and generating more sales than in prior surveys. The majority report they are seeing on average of18.4 patients per day—lower than pre-pandemic levels which for them averaged 24.3 per day. Nevertheless, these ECPs say they are generating some 67 percent of the weekly revenues they'd have seen prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a jump from the 62 percent of pre-pandemic revenues among those ECPs who reported their sales in the June 5-9 11th Wave.

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Most ECPs' Businesses Reopen and Their Business Improved During June 5 to 9 Period, Per 11th Wave of Jobson's ECP Coronavirus Survey

By Staff
Friday, June 12, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Ninety percent of eyecare professionals, primarily independent optometrists and opticians, are now reporting that their practices have reopened as of the June 5 to 9 period, according to the 11th Wave of Jobson Research's ECP Coronavirus Survey. Of those, 42 percent of those have been opened for a month, 34 percent for three to four weeks now, 18 percent for one to two weeks, and six percent for just a week or less.

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Reopenings Increase Eyewear-Related Purchases, ECP Coronavirus Study Shows

By Staff
Friday, May 29, 2020 12:33 AM NEW YORK—ECPs who have reopened their practices report they are seeing fewer patients per day, as they expected, due to social distancing and safety concerned but there are more eyewear-related purchases happening during the week of May 22-26—the latest period surveyed by Jobson Optical Research in the 10th wave of the ECP Coronavirus Survey. The rate of eyecare practice and optical location reopenings increased during the month of May as state and local county guidelines permitted during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Eyecare Practices That Have Reopened Find Many Patients 'Eager' to Reschedule Appointments, Wave 9 of Jobson Research Survey Finds

By Staff
Friday, May 15, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—A number of positive signs for ECPs have emerged in Wave 9 of the Jobson Optical Research Coronavirus ECP survey, including the finding that 75 percent of respondents whose practices are open have found that patient demand is as expected (49 percent) or even higher (26 percent) than expected. In addition, 91 percent of the respondents said their patients were either “eager to reschedule” (33 percent) or willing to reschedule if they are “comfortable with the safety precautions in place” (58 percent), according to the survey’s findings being released today.

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New Survey Shows Most ECPs Are Planning to Reopen and Are Booking Appointments in May and June

By Staff
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The number of eyecare practices and stores that are now closed as a result of the pandemic is dropping, according to the latest Coronavirus ECP Survey by Jobson Optical Research. 81.7 percent of respondents said their locality is currently under a stay-at-home order, down from about 90 percent over several previous weeks.

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A Majority of Eyecare Practices Expect to be 'Up and Running' Within a Week, or Sooner, After Receiving Official Go-Ahead, Wave 7 of Jobson Survey Finds

By Staff
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:34 AM NEW YORK—Slightly more than four in 10 (41.2 percent) eyecare professionals who responded to a Jobson Optical Research survey said they expect to be "up and running" their practices immediately once given the required regulatory approvals.

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With Plans for Reopening Practices, ECPs Consider Scheduling, Screening and Staff Protection, 6th Wave of Jobson Research Survey Finds

By Staff
Monday, April 20, 2020 12:31 PM NEW YORK—An overwhelming majority (91.7 percent) of ECPs expect to reopen their practices once the coronavirus pandemic eases and reopening is permissible, but they also expect to space out scheduling, require gloves and masks for employees and establish some patient screening measures, according to the latest Jobson Optical Research ECP Coronavirus Study. The survey of ECPs, which marked the sixth wave of the Jobson Research effort to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the optical profession, was completed during the April 16-19 period last week.

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Patient Communications, Accessing Financial Relief and Searching for Reopening Advice Marks 5th Wave of Jobson ECP Coronavirus Study

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Friday, April 10, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—ECPs are focused on communicating with patients while they work remotely, coping with the human and business impact of having furloughed much of their staff and concentrating on applying for CARES Act assistance as they look for help and advice about how best to tackle reopening their practices when the crisis abates. These are among the learnings from ECPs illustrated by the fifth wave of the Jobson Research ECP Coronavirus Study, completed this week, April 7-9.

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Closings Increase in More Parts of U.S., ECPs Worry About Staff, Use of Telehealth/Mobile Communication Grows

By Staff
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:01 AM NEW YORK—ECPs are reporting more office closures in more parts of the U.S. as the coronavirus pandemic grows in more regions, and their response to the Jobson Optical Research 4th Wave of its ECP Coronavirus Survey, conducted March 28-30, reflects their growing business concerns, especially as it impacts their employees, learning how to navigate state and federal stimulus resources. For those that are focusing on offering urgent and emergent care, they continue to reconfirm the importance of being available to patients by providing remote or mobile telehealth consults.

U.S. ECPs' Business Concerns and Stress Levels Grow, as Coronavirus Pandemic Impact Widens

By Staff
Thursday, March 26, 2020 6:30 AM NEW YORK—As the number of COVID-19 cases grow and more parts of the U.S. put "shelter-in-place" requests and mandates into place due to the coronavirus pandemic, the impact is growing more pronounced in the provider sector of business. Accompanied by many practice and retail location closings, the escalation of business concerns—and accompanying stress levels—are evident among the responses of eyecare professionals taking part in the third wave of the ECP Coronavirus Impact Study, conducted by Jobson Optical Research.

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A Majority of ECPs Reduce Office Hours, Expect Lower Revenues as COVID-19 Situation Expands, Jobson Research Survey Finds

By Staff
Friday, March 20, 2020 8:00 AM NEW YORK—Almost four in five eyecare professionals (primarily independent optometrists and opticians) have taken steps, or are considering, a move to reduce office hours, and about four in 10 are considering temporarily closing their offices in response to the coronavirus outbreak. These are a few of the key findings in a second round of a Jobson Research survey conducted this week. Among the respondents considering a reduction in hours, 43.6 percent said they are considering temporarily closing their offices and 21.2 percent said they are evaluating whether to open fewer days per week.

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ECPs Expect Impact on Practice Revenue, Inventory and Supply Chain from Coronavirus, Jobson Research Survey Finds

By Staff
Monday, March 16, 2020 10:49 AM NEW YORK—One in two eyecare professionals, including independent optometrists and opticians, responding to a Jobson Research survey this past weekend, said they expect a negative financial impact on their practice as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This includes 9.7 percent of respondents who expect a “significant decline in practice revenues,” while another 40.1 percent said they expect “some decline” in revenues due to the outbreak. 

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