Posted by: juliegriffey | February 7, 2011

Lasik Surgery and Its Effect on the Contact Lens Industry

For the past couple of weeks we have been discussing contact lens history.  As we arrived in the modern era – the thought crossed our minds, what does the future hold for contact lenses? It seems as though everyone is getting lasik. Does this mean contacts are on their way out? It would seem that the popularity of lasik surgery would diminish the demand for contacts. However, surprisingly, the answer is no.

The prevalence of lasik surgery has remained relatively flat. In the year 2002 700,000 patients got lasik surgery.  The number remained fairly steady throughout the past decade, with about the same number receiving the procedure in 2008.

Contact lenses, on the other hand, are increasing in popularity.  According to a 2010 article by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., “rapid expansion of wearer base coupled with strong growth in specialty lens segment is boosting contact lens sales. ”

So it appears that for those of us in businesses of supplying products associated with contact lenses have nothing to worry about for the time being.



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