Eye Care Market Research Reports, Analysis & Trends
Opticians typically manufacture and retail corrective lenses in a variety of locations based upon the prescription written by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Overall eye care is the specialty of an ophthalmologist. Laser surgery is also on the rise for those who can afford it, and often can eliminate the need glasses or contacts. In the eye care industry, demand is affected by changing health care practices, fashion trends for eye wear, and demographics. The profits of an optometrist practice vary depending on factors such as whether or not it sells eye wear in addition to providing eye examination. The US eyecare retail market consists of independent as well as organized or franchised players. The organized optical retail players dominate the market on account of their multiple operating locations accompanied by the quality of service they provide. The top 20 optical retailers in the US operated an estimated 9,666 stores in the country at various retail sites in 2011.