The global contact lenses market  is set to reach US$ 12.5 Bn in terms of revenues by the end of 2029. A new Future Market Insights (FMI) study reveals that the contact lenses market will see a moderate CAGR over 2029. Soft contact lenses are the most prescribed contact lenses, while toric lens designs are significantly gaining popularity over the recent past.

The latter are gaining traction attributing to their properties to correct mixed astigmatism. Moreover, these lenses are fashionable, serve various purposes owing to their anti-radiation (block UV rays) properties, and abilities to filter dim lights and work on miniature components. Demand for silicone hydrogel contact lenses is also on a constant rise, as they reduce the risk of hypoxia related eye problems.

Growing prevalence of myopia among young children and elderly demographic will continue to create significant opportunities for prominent players in the contact lenses market. Daily wear soft contact lenses made of flexible plastic that enables oxygen to pass through the eyes are gathering traction in market. Besides such innovations, online sales will help manufacturers reap sizeable profits in the global market.

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Smart Contact Lenses Gaining Traction

Contact lens companies have been introducing novel products in the market, attributable to R&D advancements. Smart contact lenses represent one such innovation that continues to gain popularity worldwide. These lenses do not require surgery and can be inserted or removed by users. Researchers from the Harbin Institute of Technology in China and the University of California San Diego are developing innovative biomimetic smart soft contact lenses that users can zoom in and out by simply blinking.

Contact Lenses Market: Competitive Landscape

Prominent players in the global contact lenses market are CooperVision, Inc., Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., Hoya Vision Care Company, Alcon (Division of Novartis AG), Bausch & Lomb Incorporated, BenQ Materials Corporation, ZEISS International, SEED Co. Ltd., Essilor International S.A., and Menicon Co. Ltd. These market players primarily focus on product innovation, particularly on product design.

In 2022, SEED Co. Ltd. launched “JILLSTUART 1day UV”, a daily disposable color contact lens for consumers to obtain maximum benefits from usage of disposable lenses.

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