Ophthalmic Drugs Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers Ophthalmic Drugs Market Forecast and it is segmented by Drug Class (Anti-glaucoma Drugs, Dry Eye Drugs, Ophthalmic Anti-allergy/Inflammatory, Retinal Drugs, Anti-infective Drugs, and Other Drugs), by Product Type (OTC Drugs and Prescription Drugs), and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, and South America). The Values are Provided in Terms of USD Million for above segments.

Ophthalmic Drugs Market Size

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Ophthalmic Drugs Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 52.99 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 78.73 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 8.24 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market North America

Major Players

Ophthalmic Drugs Market Major Players

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Ophthalmic Drugs Market Analysis

The Global Ophthalmic Drugs Market size is estimated at USD 52.99 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 78.73 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 8.24% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted not only the research and development of treatments and medications for illnesses other than COVID-19 but also the global supply chain for drugs and medical products, which had an effect on the market for ophthalmic drugs. For instance, according to an article published by the Public Library of Science in March 2022, titled 'COVID-19 pandemic decreased the ophthalmic outpatient numbers and altered the diagnosis distribution in a community hospital in Taiwan: An observational study', it has been observed that the number of ophthalmic outpatient during the COVID-19 pandemic reduced by 46.9%. In addition, as per the same source, the most significant drop in several ophthalmic outpatients was observed in June with a 60.1% decrease, followed by July (43.3%) and May (38.3%). Also, as per the same source, cataracts (68.2%), refraction and accommodation (55.9%), and macular degeneration (51%) were the top three most frequent diagnoses that had a decline in frequency over the COVID-19 pandemic period. Similarly, according to the research study published by Clinical Ophthalmology, in November 2021, titled 'The Impact of Covid-19 in the Follow-Up of Glaucoma Patients in a Tertiary Center: A Comparison Between Pre-Pandemic and Pandemic Periods', the comparison of the pre-pandemic and pandemic periods data, it was observed that a total number of outpatients clinical visits, visual field exams, surgical procedures and medications released decreased 92.52%, 93.84%, 72.74%, and 19.63%, respectively which shows a significant decrease in the diagnosis and treatment of people with glaucoma during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the resumed treatment and diagnosis services and increased hospital visits are expected to increase the demand for ophthalmic drugs, thereby boosting the market growth. The studied market is expected to return to its full potential in time.

Certain factors propelling the market growth include increasing incidences and prevalence of eye-related disorders, rising research and development about the development of novel drugs, and increasing focus on developing combination therapies.

The rising burden of eye-related disorders such as glaucoma, dry eye disease, and other eye-related disorders are the main factor driving the market growth. For instance, according to an article published by Frontiers in Medicine, in December 2021, titled 'Estimated Annual Economic Burden of Dry Eye Disease Based on a Multi-Center Analysis in China: A Retrospective Study', it has been observed that dry eye disease has become the fifth most prevalent ocular condition among women and ninth most prevalent among men in the United States. Additionally, a survey published by the American Journal of Ophthalmology in August 2020, titled 'Patient-Reported Burden of Dry Eye Disease in the United States: Results of an Online Cross-Sectional Survey,' reported that DED prevalence ranges from 5% to 15% and increases with age in the United States. Thus, the burden of dry eye diseases is anticipated to drive the studied market growth in the country. Further, according to the October 2021 report of the World Health Organization, about 2.2 billion people around the world have near or distance vision impairment, of which approximately 1 billion cases of vision impairment can be prevented or could have been prevented in 2020. Thus, the high burden of the cases of vision impairment around the world increases the demand for effective treatment and drugs, which is expected to increase the demand for ophthalmic drugs, thereby boosting the market growth.

Moreover, the increasing focus of companies on research and development activities and rising adoption of various business strategies such as mergers and acquisitions, collaborations, and partnerships are further expected to boost growth in the studied market. For instance, in May 2022, Alcon signed an agreement to acquire EYSUVIS (loteprednol etabonate suspension) 0.25% pharmaceutical eye drops from Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. This acquisition will enhance Alcon's current offering in the large and currently growing dry eye segment. Additionally, In January 2022, Sun Pharma Canada Inc. launched Cequa (cyclosporine ophthalmic solution 0.09 percent w/v), a calcineurin inhibitor immunomodulator, to treat dry eye disease in Canada. The ophthalmic solution is delivered with nanomicellar (NCELL) technology, which improves cyclosporine's bioavailability and physicochemical stability to increase ocular tissue penetration.

However, the loss of patent protection for popular drugs in treating eye disorders and the lack of health insurance in developing countries are expected to restrain the growth of the ophthalmic drugs market over the forecast period.

Ophthalmic Drugs Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Ophthalmic Drugs Market according to our research experts:

The Anti-glaucoma Drug Segment under Drug Class is Expected to Hold a Significant Share in the Ophthalmic Drugs Market During the Forecast Period

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that affect the optic nerve, which is essential for proper vision; excessively high pressure in the eye is often the cause of this group of diseases.

The anti-glaucoma drug segment is expected to witness significant growth in the ophthalmic drugs market over the forecast period owing to the factors such as the increasing prevalence of glaucoma coupled with a rising geriatric population who are more prone to develop glaucoma, which is one of the leading cause of blindness in older adults.

The prevalence of glaucoma is increasing rapidly, which is expected to increase the demand for anti-glaucoma drugs around the world, thus boosting high growth in the segment. For instance, according to the June 2021 report of the BrightFocus Foundation, it has been observed that the most prevalent type of glaucoma, open-angle glaucoma, affects 2.7 million people aged 40 years or above in the United States. Additionally, as per the same source, glaucoma affected over 80 million individuals worldwide in 2020, which is projected to rise to over 111 million by 2040. Thus, with the increasing burden of glaucoma among the population, the demand for anti-glaucoma drugs is expected to increase, further fueling market growth. Also, according to the World Population Ageing Highlight 2020 report published by the United Nations, the global geriatric population is increasing rapidly around the world, and in 2020, about 727 million people of age 65 years or more were living across the world, which was about 9.3% of the total global population. As per the same source, this number is projected to rise to about 1.5 billion people by 2050, accounting for 16% of the global population. Thus, the increasing aging population will significantly impact the studied segment's growth over the years and is expected to drive the growth in the ophthalmic drugs market.

Similarly, according to the research study published by Cureus, in November 2020, titled 'Epidemiology of Glaucoma: The Past, Present, and Predictions for the Future', it has been observed that Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness after cataracts. It develops due to a combination of vascular, genetic, anatomical, and immunological factors and is considered a serious health problem since it can result in irreversible blindness. As per the same study, it was estimated that approximately 57.5 million people around the world were affected by primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and 76 million people were suffering from glaucoma in 2020. In addition, this number is projected to reach 111.8 million by 2040. Thus, the increasing number of glaucoma cases in the population is expected to increase the demand for effective anti-glaucoma drugs, which is further expected to increase the market growth over the forecast period.

In addition, with the growing burden of glaucoma, the companies are increasing their focus on developing novel drugs and products for treating patients with glaucoma, which is expected to increase the product launches, thereby propelling the market growth. For instance, in February 2021, Santen Pharmaceutical Korea Co., Ltd. launched glaucoma and ocular hypertension treatment, the EYBELIS Ophthalmic Solution 0.002%, in South Korea after listing in Korea's national health insurance. Santen Pharmaceutical and Ube Industries, Ltd have filed for the ophthalmic solution's marketing approval in other Asian countries. Also, in September 2020, Micro Labs USA launched two products, Dorzolamide 2% and Dorzolamide-Timolol 22.3-6.8 mg/mL, for the treatment of glaucoma in the United States.

Therefore, due to the above-mentioned factors, the anti-glaucoma drugs segment is expected to hold a significant market share in the studied market.

Number of Active Glaucoma Clinical Trials, Global, As of June 2022

Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to be Fast Growing Market in the Ophthalmic Drugs Market During the Forecast Period

Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth in the ophthalmic drugs market owing to the factors such as the increasing geriatric population, rising prevalence of eye-related disorders, and the presence of key players in the region. For instance, according to the 2021 report of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), 4.3 billion people live in the Asia-pacific region, accounting for 60% of the world's population. In addition, as per the same source, the region has the highest prevalence of eye disorders which is a major driver in the expansion of the ophthalmic drugs market in the Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, according to a research study published by Frontiers in Medicine in July 2021, titled "Prevalence of primary open-angle glaucoma in the last 20 years: a meta-analysis and systematic review", the global population with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) was estimated to be over 68.56 million in 2020, with Asia accounting for approximately 53% of them. In addition, this number is projected to rise to about 78.34 million by 2030. Thus, the increasing burden of eye-related disorders is expected to increase the demand for ophthalmic drugs, thereby boosting the market growth.

Further, the rising geriatric population in the region and other risk factors such as hypertension and diabetes are expected to increase the burden of eye disorders, which is expected to positively impact the growth of the studied market in the Asia-Pacific region. For instance, according to a 2021 report from the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), the number of elderly people in Asia-Pacific is expected to more than quadruple by 2050, rising from 630 million in 2020 to over 1.3 billion.

Moreover, the increasing product and drug launches and the rising focus of the companies in research and development activities are further expected to boost the studied market in the region. For instance, in September 2021, the Center for Drug Evaluation, China National Medical Products Administration, approved Arctic Vision's Investigational New Drug (IND) application for a Phase III study of ARVN003 (pilocarpine microdose ophthalmic solution) for the treatment of presbyopia (CDE, NMPA).

Therefore, due to the above-mentioned factors, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to occupy a significant share in the studied market over the forecast period of the study.

Global Ophthalmic Drugs Market Growth Rate by Region, 2021

Ophthalmic Drugs Industry Overview

The market studied comprises a combination of both small and large firms and is fairly competitive. Most big companies focus on research and development to bring innovative products to the market. Some of the major players in the ophthalmic drugs market are Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc., AbbVie (Allergan), Bausch Health, Bayer AG, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Hoya Corporation, Novartis AG, Pfizer Inc., and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Ophthalmic Drugs Market Leaders

  1. Bausch Health Companies Inc.

  2. Novartis AG

  3. Pfizer Inc.

  4. Abbvie

  5. F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Ophthalmic Drugs Market News

  • In April 2022, Sandoz, a Novartis company, launched its generic combination eyedrop brimonidine tartrate/timolol maleate ophthalmic solution 0.2%/0.5%, an AB-rated generic equivalent to AbbVie's COMBIGAN, to lower eye pressure in patients with ocular hypertension (high eye pressure) in the United States.
  • In March 2022, Théa Pharma acquired seven branded ophthalmic products from Akorn Operating Company LLC. The deal strengthens Théa's position as a significant provider of products developed to satisfy the demands of eye care specialists across the United States.

Ophthalmic Drugs Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Incidence and Prevalence of Eye-related Disorders

      2. 4.2.2 Rising Research and Development Pertaining to the Development of Novel Drugs

      3. 4.2.3 Increasing Focus on Developing Combination Therapies

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Loss of Patent Protection for Popular Drugs

      2. 4.3.2 Lack of Health Insurance in the Developing Countries

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value- USD Million)

    1. 5.1 By Drug Class

      1. 5.1.1 Anti-glaucoma Drugs

      2. 5.1.2 Dry Eye Drugs

      3. 5.1.3 Ophthalmic Anti-allergy/Inflammatory

      4. 5.1.4 Retinal Drugs

      5. 5.1.5 Anti-infective Drugs

      6. 5.1.6 Other Drugs

    2. 5.2 By Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 OTC Drugs

      2. 5.2.2 Prescription Drugs

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. 5.3.1.1 United States

        2. 5.3.1.2 Canada

        3. 5.3.1.3 Mexico

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. 5.3.2.1 Germany

        2. 5.3.2.2 United Kingdom

        3. 5.3.2.3 France

        4. 5.3.2.4 Italy

        5. 5.3.2.5 Spain

        6. 5.3.2.6 Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.3.3.1 China

        2. 5.3.3.2 Japan

        3. 5.3.3.3 India

        4. 5.3.3.4 Australia

        5. 5.3.3.5 South Korea

        6. 5.3.3.6 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Middle-East and Africa

        1. 5.3.4.1 GCC

        2. 5.3.4.2 South Africa

        3. 5.3.4.3 Rest of Middle-East and Africa

      5. 5.3.5 South America

        1. 5.3.5.1 Brazil

        2. 5.3.5.2 Argentina

        3. 5.3.5.3 Rest of South America

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 AbbVie (Allergan)

      3. 6.1.3 Bausch Health Companies Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Bayer AG

      5. 6.1.5 F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd

      6. 6.1.6 Novartis AG

      7. 6.1.7 Viatris Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

      9. 6.1.9 Santen Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd

      10. 6.1.10 Alcon

      11. 6.1.11 Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

      12. 6.1.12 Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments
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Ophthalmic Drugs Industry Segmentation

As per the scope of the report, ophthalmic drugs are used to treat various disorders associated with the eyes, such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and other ophthalmic disorders. The ophthalmic drugs market is segmented by drug class (anti-glaucoma drugs, dry eye drugs, ophthalmic anti-allergy/inflammatory, retinal drugs, anti-infective drugs, and other drugs), by product type (OTC drugs and prescription drugs), and by geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, and South America). The market report also covers the estimated market sizes and trends for 17 countries across major global regions. The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

By Drug Class
Anti-glaucoma Drugs
Dry Eye Drugs
Ophthalmic Anti-allergy/Inflammatory
Retinal Drugs
Anti-infective Drugs
Other Drugs
By Product Type
OTC Drugs
Prescription Drugs
Geography
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Europe
Germany
United Kingdom
France
Italy
Spain
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
China
Japan
India
Australia
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle-East and Africa
GCC
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
South America
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
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Ophthalmic Drugs Market Research FAQs

The Global Ophthalmic Drugs Market size is expected to reach USD 52.99 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 8.24% to reach USD 78.73 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Global Ophthalmic Drugs Market size is expected to reach USD 52.99 billion.

Bausch Health Companies Inc., Novartis AG, Pfizer Inc., Abbvie and F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd are the major companies operating in the Global Ophthalmic Drugs Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Global Ophthalmic Drugs Market.

In 2023, the Global Ophthalmic Drugs Market size was estimated at USD 48.96 billion. The report covers the Global Ophthalmic Drugs Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Global Ophthalmic Drugs Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

The emerging technologies shaping the future of the Ophthalmic Drug Industry are a) Nanomedicine b) Sustained-release formulations c) Smart eye drops for controlled delivery

Ophthalmic Drugs Industry Report

The global ophthalmic drugs market, driven by an uptick in eye-related disorders and innovative drug development, is showcasing notable growth, spearheaded by ophthalmology pharmaceutical companies. With a focus on research and increased investments, the market is introducing novel therapeutics to meet eye care's unmet needs. North America's market prominence, backed by a high frequency of retinal diseases and government support, contrasts with the Asia Pacific's rapid growth, fueled by enhanced consumer awareness and a rising ophthalmic disorder burden. Innovations in drug delivery, like gene therapies and new pharmacologic agents, are pushing treatment efficacy forward, supported by collaborative efforts among key players to bring new products to market. The trend towards combination therapies and unique action mechanisms further diversifies ophthalmic care solutions, underlining the market's robust innovation and expansive growth trajectory. For detailed insights, Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports provide comprehensive analysis, including market share, size, revenue growth rate, and a forecast outlook, available as a free report PDF download.

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Ophthalmic Drugs Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)