The demand for ophthalmic devices is anticipated to be increasing significantly over the forecast period
Increasing prevalence of eye disorder is projected to fuel growth of the global ophthalmic devices market
According to the International Journal of Advanced Medical and Health Research 2015, cataract has been reported to be the major cause of blindness, affecting 17-18 million people worldwide, accounting for 39% of such cases. Following cataract, glaucoma is seen to be the second major reason causing blindness among people. According to the Glaucoma Research Organization, over 120,000 people are blind due to glaucoma accounting up to 9-12% of total blind cases. These massive numbers are basically the output of eye disorders prevalence in the geriatric population and changing food habits leading to nutritional deficits in the younger population. The ophthalmic devices can be used in order to treat cataract, glaucoma and several other eye disorders that could propel the global ophthalmic devices market.
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Ophthalmology refers to a branch of medical sciences that deals with the structural and functional defects of the eye. Ophthalmic devices are medical devices used in the treatment and identification of certain ocular deformities and deficiencies of the eyes. The global ophthalmic devices market is driven by eye disorders such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataract and vision care devices. Ophthalmic devices are also used in various surgical processes such as ultrasound phacoemulsification for faster recovery rates and improved safety. A wide range of ophthalmic devices are available in the market from high complexity devices such as phoropters , ophthalmoscopes, retinoscopes and scanning laser polarimetry devices to low end products such as contact lenses, spectacles and lens cleaning and disinfecting solutions.
Vision care devices witnesses maximum sale over the counter and therefore accounts for the largest share. Furthermore there is a rapid rise in number of people affected with eye disorders and increasing awareness among the populace about eye health and safety augments growth of the segment. According to The Vision Council, over 87% of people in the U.S. are reported to be using digital devices for over 2 hours per day, thereby developing eye strain, dry eyes, blurred vision, etc. These small eye related troubles can be sorted with the use of vision care devices in turn potentiating the global ophthalmic devices market. Moreover, rapid growth in the eye diseases such as cataract and glaucoma are resulting in potential growth of the surgical devices segment that would be required in the treatment of these disorders.
Emerging economies of Asia Pacific to boost global ophthalmic devices market growth in the forecast period
Based on regional segmentation, the global ophthalmic devices market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. The North America is accounted to capture highest share in the global ophthalmic devices market owing to innovation and focus on diagnostic devices and surgery applications as well as higher market penetration levels. The emerging economies such as China, India, Japan and Brazil are estimated to gain an early momentum in the market as a result of massive investments by manufacturers.
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The global ophthalmic market is very vast, rapidly growing as well as highly competitive. Some of the major players operating global ophthalmic market are Johnson and Johnson, Novartis AG, Bausch & Lomb Inc., Essilor International, Abbott Laboratories Inc., VisionCare Inc., Hoya Corporation, Canon Inc., Carl Zeiss AG, Topcon Corporation, Nidek Co Ltd., CooperVision AG and Alcon Inc. The players are sustaining their prime position in the global ophthalmic devices market due to consistency in launching of new ophthalmic devices and eye care products. Alongside, several other new entrants may also create growth opportunities and enhance the growth of the global ophthalmic devices market.
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