The overall optical business rating for December 2013, measured by the Optical Business Barometer (OBB) in the U.S., has risen to 3.65 from 3.58 in November 2013. The barometer rates independent eye care professionals' attitudes toward current and future optical business as sourced from Jobson Optical Research. The average of overall optical ratings for the period of January through December 2013 stood at 3.67, compared with an average 3.69 for the same period in 2012. The confidence rating, which measures the ECPs' outlook of the overall optical retail business for the upcoming six months, also decreased from a 3.75 rating in November 2013 to 3.70 in December. However, the latest report showed an increase in ratings for eyeglasses and exams for December, with the eyeglasses rating standing at 3.62, versus 3.57 in November, and the rating for exams standing at 3.73, up from 3.69 in November. The rating for contact lenses, on the contrary, decreased from 3.53 in November to 3.50 in December. The average of eyeglass ratings for the period January-December 2013 stood at 3.63, flat with the average rating for the same period in 2012 and marking an increase from the same periods in 2011 and 2010, when it stood at 3.54 and 3.43, respectively. The average rating for contact lenses in the January-December 2013 period decreased slightly, showing a 3.54 rating versus 3.55 in 2012, and showed an increase from the periods in 2011 and 2010, when it stood at 3.49 and 3.39, respectively. For exams, the average rating for the January-December 2013 period was even with the average rating for the same period in 2012, which stood at 3.70, up from the 2011 rating of 3.63 and the 2010 rating of 3.49. Jobson's OBB is further compared with the Consumer Confidence Index from the Conference Board, for which the December 2013 rating rebounded to a 78.1 from a revised rating of 72.0 in November.