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Contact Lenses Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Modality (Reusable and Disposable), By Design (Toric, Multifocal, and Spherical), By Distribution Channel (Ophthalmologists, Retail Stores, and Online Stores), and Regional Forecast, 2022-2029

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The global contact lenses market size was valued at USD 9.48 billion in 2021. The market is projected to grow from USD 9.94 billion in 2022 to USD 14.80 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with experiencing lower-than-anticipated demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a decline of -9.0% in 2020 as compared to 2019.

Contact lenses are thin lenses intended to be placed on the eye's surface for vision correction. The lenses are either hard or soft, depending on the nature, comfort, and reusability of the lenses. The increasing adoption of these devices among developing countries, along with the rising prevalence of refractive errors worldwide, is primarily responsible for the market growth during the forecast period.

According to a BMC Public Health report published in 2021, a recent study estimated 116.3 million people suffer from moderate to severe visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive error. The increasing global burden of refractive errors and rising awareness of refractive vision correction with contact lenses for these eye conditions are expected to drive the contact lenses market growth.


High Risk of Infections Associated with Contact Lenses Led to Decline in Demand During COVID-19 Pandemic

The emergence of COVID-19 significantly impeded the demand for these devices worldwide. Leading players operating in the market reported a decline in their revenues from the sales of lenses due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decline in revenues was attributed to the preferential shift of the general population from these devices to eyeglasses during the lockdown period. Multiple healthcare groups recommending eyeglasses over these devices to avoid the risk of infection was one of the crucial reasons behind the reduced uptake of these during the pandemic.

The majority of the eye care professionals reported a significant decline in the number of patient visits during the lockdown period. This was due to the cancellation of medical practices, especially elective procedures to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

  • According to a report published by the Elsevier Public Health Emergency Collection, more than 89% of the total lens users were affected by lockdown, and 72% reported less usage as compared to normal. Moreover, as per the study conducted by the College of Optometrists, a decrease in contact lens usage was reported by 43% to 72% of wearers due to the decreased need for lenses due to limited outdoor activities.

  • Moreover, Alcon, in 2020, reported a decline of 6.7% in revenue as compared to the previous financial year. Also, in 2020, Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, Inc. reported a decline of 11.7% in revenue.

Leading players in the market reported a significant decline in demand for these devices during the financial year due to the emergency protocols for the closure of customer facilities, along with considerable disruption in business activities. Furthermore, the key players operating in the market faced a number of challenges such as disruptions to raw material and product suppliers.

However, patient volumes started increasing as the regulations imposed by various governments were relaxed after the first wave. In 2021, the patient volume bounced back owing to higher vaccination coverage among the general population, implementation of strong guidelines and COVID-19 protocols in public places, dismissal of restrictions for travel, and others. This led to an increase in demand for these devices in 2021. For instance, in 2021, Alcon generated strong growth of 16.4% in revenue as compared to the previous financial year. Moreover, in 2021, Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, Inc. reported a growth of 14.9% in revenue as compared to the previous financial year.


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Increasing Concerns Related to Eye Safety to Boost Daily Disposables Demand

Increasing awareness about the benefits of disposable lenses over reusable lenses, including prevention from side effects associated with cleaning solutions, such as eye staining and lid, effects stemming. Since there is no significant difference between the annual cost of disposable and reusable lenses, ophthalmologists are advocating the usage of disposable lenses due to safety concerns. Additionally, the major players operating in the market are involved in promoting awareness programs and launching innovative products in the market, which are expected to support the growth of daily disposables. For instance, in January 2021, Alcon Launched PRECISION1 for Astigmatism, a daily disposable silicone hydrogel (SiHy) lens designed for astigmatic patients in the United States.


Prevalence of Refractive Errors and Introduction of Technologically Advanced Products to Augment Market Growth

The prevalence of presbyopia and myopia among children and adult populations is continuously increasing. This, along with limited awareness and hesitation among the general population toward vision correction, especially in emerging countries, is responsible for the rising number of people suffering from vision impairment. According to the data published by the WHO in 2021, the global prevalence of 2.2 billion people is affected by near or farsighted vision impairment, of which approximately 1 billion people were undiagnosed. The majority of the cases were found to be uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts.

However, constant initiatives by regional and national government agencies and key market players toward increasing the awareness of vision correction among the general population have led to an increasing number of vision correction users globally, including lens wearers. Also, the introduction of technologically advanced lenses by market players is one of the key factors driving the adoption of these products in emerging economies such as China, India, and South Korea. The increasing adoption of these advanced devices provides growth opportunities for key market players to expand their market presence in established markets.


Availability of Alternative Treatment for Refractive Errors to Curb Market Growth

A number of clinical studies indicated that lens wearers might experience side effects based on the usage pattern. These side effects can range from vision disability that results in permanent ocular damage or loss of eyesight. Numerous  side effects, such as infection, corneal edema, superficial keratitis, red eye, excess mucus production, epithelial microcysts, infiltrates, giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC), and corneal vascularization, are related to the lens usage. These side effects are primarily responsible for limiting the adoption of such lenses.

  • According to the data published by Harvard Health Publishing in 2021, keratitis that can lead to blindness affects up to 20 per 10,000 contact lens users. Additionally, around 1 million hospital visits and emergency rooms every year were associated with improper usage of these devices.

Moreover, the availability of substitutes such as eyeglasses and LASIK surgery for treatment of refractive errors is a major restraining factor for the market growth. Additionally, the lack of insurance reimbursement for these devices is hampering the demand for these products in developed countries during the forecast period.


By Modality Analysis

Reusable Segment to Hold a Dominant Share of the Global Market during the Forecast Period

Based on modality, the market is segmented into reusable and disposable. The reusable segment accounted for the largest share of the global market. The growing number of patients with refractive errors, along with the increasing number of wearers, are responsible for the growing demand for these products among patients with refractive errors.

  • For instance, according to a analysis report by Vision Council in 2020, around 125 million people globally are wearing contact type of lenses, out of which an estimated 42.2 million contact lens users were in the U.S. The increasing prevalence of contact type of lens wearers globally, coupled with the rising adoption of reusable lenses, is expected to support the growth of the segment.

Additionally, the benefits associated with reusable lenses, such as durability and comfort, are augmenting the market growth during the forecast period.

On the other hand, the disposable segment recorded a significant growth rate during the forecast period. It is attributable to the rising inclination of the population toward daily disposable lenses as it reduces wearing complications. This, along with the introduction of new disposable lenses by leading players, fuels the segment in the global market.

By Design Analysis

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Spherical Segment Accounted for Highest Market Share in 2021

Based on design, the market is segmented into toric, multifocal, and spherical. The spherical segment is projected to account for the largest market share during the forecast period. The highest market share of spherical lenses is attributed to the growing technological advancements in this segment, along with the increasing adoption of lenses among the adult population.

    • For instance, in May 2021, Alcon announced the launch of PRECISION1 contact lens with SMARTSURFACE technology. This is an advanced product offering by the company focusing on wearer comfort and increasing consumer preference. The increasing focus of market players launching technologically advanced products catering to the increasing adoption of spherical lenses is anticipated to support the growth of the segment.

On the other hand, the toric segment accounted for the second-largest share in the market. The significant growth of this segment is attributed to the increasing prevalence of astigmatism and new product launches.

By Distribution Channel Analysis

Retail Store Segment to Hold a Dominant Share of the Global Market during 2022-2029

The market is segmented into ophthalmologists, retail stores, and online stores based on distribution channel.

The retail stores segment held the largest share in the global market in 2020. The dominance of the retail stores segment is attributed to the initiative of manufacturers to launch advanced products at affordable prices at retail stores, combined with discounts offered by retail stores and penetration of larger store chains. Additionally, the strong growth of the retail pharmacies segment in the global market is owing to the strong network of retail stores in developed countries.

On the other hand, the online stores segment is anticipated to record a higher CAGR compared to the other subsegments. The higher growth of online channels is attributed to evolving regulatory policies for online sales of these devices in developed countries and the entry of leading e-pharmacy players into the market. Moreover, the pandemic crisis has contributed heavily to the preference for online stores over retail.

  • For instance, the Vision Council reported in 2021 reported that nearly 35% of buyers used the internet to varying degrees during their last contact lens purchase. The increasing preference of contact lens users to compare and purchase lenses through the online channel, along with the increasing number of manufacturers developing a strong e-commerce platform, is anticipated to support the growth of the segment.


North America Contact Lenses Market Size, 2021 (USD Billion)

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North America dominated the contact lenses market share with a contribution of USD 3.27 billion in the global market in 2021. The growing patient population is suffering from refractive errors, higher awareness among the patient population toward vision correction treatment, and increasing focus of market players on strategic partnerships and collaborations. Therefore, these are the major factors responsible for driving the market growth in North America.

  • For instance, in April 2021, Johnson & Johnson Vision announced a global strategic collaboration with Menicon, a leading manufacturer of innovative lenses. This collaboration was intended to bring forward therapeutic lenses to address the growing prevalence and progression of myopia in children.

Additionally, the number of lens wearers in the U.S. is likely to increase gradually. According to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency report, in 2021, 31 million people were using contact lenses in the U.S. The increasing number of users due to shifting preference toward eyewear is anticipated to support the growth of the North America market.

Moreover, Europe accounted for the second-largest market share in the global market. This is attributed to the availability of a large patient pool suffering from eye disorders, such as myopia and presbyopia, the growing adoption of advanced products in the region, and regulatory approvals for novel lenses.

  • According to the Association of Optometrists, contact lens penetration was highest in Sweden at 14.8%, followed by Denmark (13.19%) and Norway (11.37%). This is anticipated to drive the growth of the market shortly.

On the other hand, the Asia Pacific market is expected to register the highest growth rate during the forecast period. The rising prevalence of vision impairment in the region and improving diagnostic techniques for ocular diseases in the inbuilt laboratories of ophthalmologist’s clinics & hospitals are driving the market growth in Asian countries. Moreover, the growing disposable income in emerging countries in the region is also providing favorable conditions for the growth of the market.

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Latin America, alongside the Middle East & Africa regions, held a lower share in the global market. However, the increasing cases of vision impairment, along with the rising adoption of these devices in these regions, are expected to drive growth during the forecast period.


Strong Distribution Network of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., Bausch + Lomb, the Cooper Companies Inc., and Alcon to Help Dominate Market

The global market is consolidated with key players such as Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., the Cooper Companies Inc., and Alcon. The dominance of these players in the competitive landscape is attributed to the robust product portfolio of these devices, strategic collaborations, and strong distribution network. The key companies operating in the market are introducing technologically advanced products to gain a competitive advantage over other market players.          

  • For instance, in January 2022, Alcon announced the launch of Dailies TOTAL1 in the U.S. for patients with astigmatism. The first water gradient lens was launched to provide a comfortable fit for patients.

Moreover, the other market players, including Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Hoya Corporation, and Menicon Co., Ltd. are focusing on expansion plans to cater to developing markets across the globe.



  • April 2021 - Cooper Companies Inc. announced the acquisition of No7 Lenses, which designs and manufactures specialty lenses distributed primarily in the U.K.

  • April 2021 – EssilorLuxottica announced the acquisition of GrandVision, an optical retail chain with more than 350 stores across Europe.

  • October 2020 - Bausch & Lomb Incorporated acquired an exclusive license for a myopia control design for lenses developed by BHVI, an Australian not-for-profit organization with an international focus on vision research.


An Infographic Representation of Contact Lenses Market

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The research report provides a detailed contact lenses market analysis. It focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, modality, design, and distribution channels. Besides this, it offers insights into the trends in the global market and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the market's growth in recent years.

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By Modality, Design, Distribution Channel, and Region

By Modality

  • Reusable

  • Disposable

By Design

  • Toric

  • Multifocal

  • Spherical

By Distribution Channel

  • Ophthalmologists

  • Retail Stores

  • Online Stores

By Geography

  • North America (By Modality, By Design, By Distribution Channel, and By Country)

    • U.S. (By Design)

    • Canada (By Design)

  • Europe (By Modality, By Design, By Distribution Channel, and By Country)

    • Germany (By Design)

    • France (By Design)

    • U.K. (By Design)

    • Italy (By Design)

    • Spain (By Design)

    • Scandinavia (By Design)

    • Rest of Europe (By Design)

  • Asia Pacific (By Modality, By Design, By Distribution Channel, and By Country)

    • Japan (By Design)

    • China (By Design)

    • India (By Design)

    • Australia (By Design)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Design)

  • Latin America (By Modality, By Design, By Distribution Channel, and By Country)

    • Brazil (By Design)

    • Mexico (By Design)

    • Rest of Latin America (By Design)

  • Middle East & Africa (By Modality, By Design, By Distribution Channel, and By Country)

    • GCC (By Design)

    • South Africa (By Design)

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa (By Design)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market stood at USD 9.48 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 14.80 billion by 2029.

In 2021, the market size in North America was USD 3.27 billion.

The market will be growing at a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period.

By modality, the reusable segment will lead the market.

Increasing prevalence of refractive errors, rising awareness about contact lenses, and introduction of technologically advanced products by market players are expected to the propel the market growth.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., Alcon, and the Cooper Companies Inc. are the top players in the market.

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