The February results of Jobsons Research's Optical Business Barometer for the U.S. optical market are in, and they turned out to be broadly the same as in January. On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is “very negative” and 5 is “very positive,” the overall rating given by American eye care professionals for February was again 3.6, not much different from February 2010, either. Apparently an increase in the Northeast attributed to better weather was matched with a decrease in the West. The highest ratings came from locations with annual sales over $750,000. None of the business categories – eyeglasses, contact lenses, exams – changed significantly from January. For February, the Consumer Confidence Index rose by 5.6 points to 70.4, and the Index of Small Business Optimism was up by 0.4 points to 94.5.