The overall rating of the U.S. optical business environment rose to 3.88 in August from a July rating of 3.77, according to the Optical Business Barometer (OBB) compiled by Jobson Optical Research. The August 2014 rating also shows an increase from previous August ratings of 3.72 in 2013, 3.72 in 2012, 3.68 in 2011 and 3.67 in 2010.

The confidence rating, which measures the independent opticians' forecast for their overall business in the upcoming six months, rose to 3.94 in August from a July rating of 3.80. The August 2014 rating of 3.94 is the highest for the month of August since the measurement began.

On an annualized basis, average ratings for January through August 2014 for eyeglasses stood at 3.70, compared to 3.68 in 2013 and 2012. Average ratings for exams stood at 3.79 in 2014 as compared to 3.73 in 2013 and 3.75 in 2012. For contact lenses, the average ratings stood at 3.62 as compared to a 3.57 rating in 2013 and a 3.59 rating in 2012.

The monthly scores for eyeglasses, exams and contact lenses also showed increases from August 2013. The rating for eyeglasses rose from 3.68 in August 2013 to 3.85 in 2014; the rating for eye exams rose from 3.76 in 2013 to 3.94 in 2014; and the rating for contact lenses rose from 3.59 to 3.76.

The U.S. Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Survey, conducted by Nielsen, showed an increase in August to 94.2 from a revised 90.3 in July.

2014 Silmo d'Or Nominees

Vision

BBGR - Sirus Plus

Material/Equipment:

Essilor - M'Eye Sign

Fitting Box - Owiz

Interactif Visuel Systeme - Activisu - Deep Lights

Luneau Technology - VXSS

Opti 3 - Logic Frame

Low Vision:

Access'Solutions - Eye Pal Ace+

Telorion - Telorion Zoom

Visiole - E-Bot

Children:

Caroline Abram-Tête à Lunettes-5+5=10

Karavan & Co. - Karavan Kids -P1X1

Karavan & Co. - Monsieur Madame Mme Princesse

Opal - Tartine & Chocolat TCAS153

Netoptic - 3118

Optical Frame:

Caroline Abram - Galya

Factory900 - Retro Future by 900

Hapter - M02M

Lucas de Staël - Stratus

Piero Massaro - PM415

Sunglasses:

Dita Eyewear - Thom Browne TB-801

Face à Face/Woow - Masai

IC! Berlin - 542 Wedding

Irresistor - Pop Star

Masunaga Optical - Campanule 518

Sport Equipment:

Bollé Sport Protective - Kids - Coverage

Bollé - 6th Sense RX

Julbo - Venturi

Liberty Sport Recspecs F8 - Frog Eyes

Grasset Associés - Lacroix-Legend 66

Frame Technological Innovation:

iHuman - Find Me

Marius Morel - Trad

Morgenrot Eyewear - Morgenrot SC3

Vision Technologies Europe - Smart Frames

Vuillet Vega - Celeste