Contact Lenses Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Contact Lenses Market is Segmented by Product Type (Soft Contact Lenses, Hybrid Contact Lenses, Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses, and Other Product Types), Usage (Corrective Contact Lenses, Therapeutic Contact Lenses, Cosmetic Contact Lenses, and Prosthetic Contact Lenses), Modality (Conventional and Disposable), Design (Spherical, Toric, Multifocal, and Other Designs), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa, and South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Contact Lenses Market Overview
Study Period: 2018-2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 5 %
Contact Lenses Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The contact lenses market was valued at approximately USD 9,785 million in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 12,995 million by 2026, registering a CAGR of nearly 5% during the forecast period, 2021-2026.

The impact of COVID-19 on the market growth was negative in 2020 due to fewer eye care consultations. Moreover, the market may prevail with the normal growth rate in the near future. For instance, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, it is estimated that there was a nearly 80% initial decrease in ophthalmology visits, and as of mid-June, there was still a cumulative decrease in ophthalmology visits of 40% in the United States.

The growth of the contact lens market is attributed to the rising prevalence of optical disorders, the rising tendency to improve aesthetics, and increasing disposable incomes. According to WHO, in 2019, it was estimated that around 2.2 billion people have vision impairment or blindness. Also, an emerging important cause of visual impairment in the developed regions of the world is uncorrected refractive errors. The rising geriatric population is further aggravating the prevalence of ophthalmic disorders; the leading causes of vision impairment are uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts, and most people with vision impairment are over the age of 50 years.

The field of optometry and optics has observed a significant increase in research and development activities related to the studied market. Spme of the recent advancements pertaining to the studied market such as the development of dynamic soft contact lenses with advanced technology have propelled the growth for contact lenses globally. For instance, in November 2018, IMEC entered into collaboration with SEED Co. Ltd, to develop a smart contact lens, that has components such as an LED light, an ultra-thin silicon microchip, and radio-frequency antenna for wireless energy transfer.

The increasing product launches and developments have increased the adoption of contact lenses. For instance, in March 2019, Alcon Vision LLC launched AcrySof IQ PanOptix Trifocal IOL in the United States, that can be used for intermediate, distance, and near vision. Additionally, the growing trend in the developments in contact lenses with drug-delivering capabilities are further expected to drive the market demand over the forecast period. However, factors such as availability of alternative techniques and complications associated with lenses are likely to hamper the market growth.

Scope of the Report

Contact lenses not only serve the need to alleviate the use of hard-to-manage and bulky spectacles but also provide the added benefit of enhancing one’s aesthetic appeal. The increasing innovations in the production of contact lenses during the past decade have led to the use of various materials for producing lenses that serve multiple purposes. Contact lenses are also used to treat common eye disorders, such as myopia, hypermetropia, presbyopia, astigmatism, and glaucoma. The contact lenses market is segmented by product type (soft contact lenses, hybrid contact lenses, rigid gas permeable contact lenses, and other product types), usage (corrective contact lenses, therapeutic contact lenses, cosmetic contact lenses, and prosthetic contact lenses), modality (conventional and disposable), design (spherical, toric, multifocal, and other designs), and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa, and South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

By Product Type
Soft Contact Lenses
Hybrid Contact Lenses
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Other Product Types
By Usage
Corrective Contact Lenses
Therapeutic Contact Lenses
Cosmetic Contact Lenses
Prosthetic Contact Lenses
By Modality
By Design
Other Designs
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America

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Key Market Trends

Corrective Contact Lenses are Expected to Exhibit a Significant Growth Rate over the Forecast Period

The outbreak of COVID-19 had an impact on the corrective lenses segment because eye care services were significantly reduced due to social distancing measures taken by governments across the globe. However, the ophthalmology practices are being continued with preventive measures. In August 2020, in India, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare proposed guidelines on safe ophthalmology practices during the COVID-19 scenario, such as eye-care facilities should ensure that tele-counseling and teleconsultation should be promoted to reduce patient visits or/and appointment system can be followed to call patients needing examination/eye procedures/investigations.

Corrective lenses are lenses made specifically to match the wearer's vision defects. The purpose of the corrective lens is to improve or correct the vision of people with farsightedness (hyperopia), nearsightedness (myopia), presbyopia, and astigmatism.

The rising product launches have increased the adoption of corrective contact lenses. In November 2019, the US FDA approved Coopervision Inc.'s Misight 1 day, the first corrective contact lens designed to slow the progression of myopia or near-sightedness in children. The disposable, single-use, soft contact lens is made for children diagnosed with myopia and who begin Misight treatment at an early age.

With available vision correction solutions and rising awareness about vision impairment conditions, the demand for these devices is increasing. Even in the developed regions of the world, the trend seems to be still rising owing to growing vision correction due to factors such as the growing geriatric population. For instance, according to the 2017-18 National Health Survey (NHS) of Australia, the percentage of the population with visual impairment has been rising over the past few years in Australia. This is expected to help the growth of the market.

Contact Lenses Market Share

North America is Expected to Dominate the Market Over the Forecast Period

For contact lenses specifically during COVID-19, with limited social interaction and travel restrictions, the reduction in typical usage occasions has resulted in a decrease in contact lens wear.

The United States and Canada have developed well-structured healthcare systems. These systems also encourage research and development. The supportive government policies are encouraging global market players to enter the United States and Canada. As a result, these countries have the presence of many global market players.

Moreover, a rise in the number of visual inaccuracies is expected to drive the regional market growth. For instance, as per the statistics published by the National Eye Institute, 2019, around 1.3 million Americans are blind and 2.9 million have low vision, and an estimated 2.2 million Americans will be blind and around 5 million Americans will have low vision by 2030. Hence, an increase in eye disorders will lead to a growing demand for contact lenses.

Rising product innovation also bodes well for the regional market growth. For instance, in 2019, Bausch + Lomb announced the US launch of Bausch + Lomb ULTRA Multifocal for Astigmatism contact lenses. In 2020, Alcon Canada strengthened its robust contact lens portfolio in Canada by launching its innovative PRECISION1 daily disposable, silicone hydrogel (SiHy) contact lenses. Thus, with several developments by companies and demand by customers, the North American region is a highly attractive and stable region for the growth of companies and consumers in the contact lenses market.

Contact Lenses Market Growth Rate By Region

Competitive Landscape

The contact lenses market is highly competitive and consists of several major players. The presence of major market players, such as Essilor International SA, Novartis AG, Bausch Health Companies Inc., Zeiss Group, and The Cooper Companies are, in turn, increasing the overall competitive rivalry of the market. With moderate sustainable competitive advantage through innovative products and low competition between online and offline companies, moderate competitive rivalry is observed in this market.

The market participants enter long-term partnerships with suppliers and distributors to gain a competitive advantage and expand their product portfolios and geographical presence.

Recent Developments

  • In January 2021, Alcon launched PRECISION1 for astigmatism contact lenses in the United States. PRECISION1 for astigmatism developed from the Water Gradient Technology of DAILIES TOTAL1 for a stable lens-wearing experience.
  • In August 2020, Bausch + Lomb launched Bausch + Lomb Infuse silicone hydrogel (SiHy) daily disposable contact lens. The Infuse lenses feature a next-generation material infused with ProBalance Technology to help reduce symptoms of contact lens dryness and help in maintaining ocular surface homeostasis.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Increasing Burden of Optical Disorders

      2. 4.3.2 Increasing Tendency to Enhance Aesthetics

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Availability of Alternative Techniques

      2. 4.4.2 Complications Associated with Lens

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Fives Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Soft Contact Lenses

      2. 5.1.2 Hybrid Contact Lenses

      3. 5.1.3 Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses

      4. 5.1.4 Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 By Usage

      1. 5.2.1 Corrective Contact Lenses

      2. 5.2.2 Therapeutic Contact Lenses

      3. 5.2.3 Cosmetic Contact Lenses

      4. 5.2.4 Prosthetic Contact Lenses

    3. 5.3 By Modality

      1. 5.3.1 Conventional

      2. 5.3.2 Disposable

    4. 5.4 By Design

      1. 5.4.1 Spherical

      2. 5.4.2 Toric

      3. 5.4.3 Multifocal

      4. 5.4.4 Other Designs

    5. 5.5 Geography

      1. 5.5.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.5.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.5.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.5.4 Middle-East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa

      5. 5.5.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Abbott Medical Optics Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 Alcon Vision LLC

      3. 6.1.3 Bausch Health Companies Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Contamac

      5. 6.1.5 Essilor International SA

      6. 6.1.6 Haohai Biological Technology

      7. 6.1.7 Hoya Corporation

      8. 6.1.8 Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.

      9. 6.1.9 Polylite Sofclear

      10. 6.1.10 Scrivens House

      11. 6.1.11 Seed Co. Ltd

      12. 6.1.12 Novartis AG

      13. 6.1.13 SynergEyes Inc.

      14. 6.1.14 The Cooper Companies

      15. 6.1.15 Zeiss Group

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Contact Lenses Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Global Contact Lenses Market is growing at a CAGR of 5% over the next 5 years.

The Global Contact Lenses Market is valued at 9785 Million USD in 2018.

The Global Contact Lenses Market is valued at 12995 Million USD in 2026.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Essilor International SA, Bausch Health, Zeiss Group, The Cooper Companies Inc, Novartis AG are the major companies operating in Global Contact Lenses Market.

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