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Global Contact Lenses Market Size, Share, Trends, COVID-19 impact and Growth Analysis Report - Segmented By Material, Application, Design, Modality, Distribution Channel and Region – Industry Forecast (2022 to 2027)

Published: January, 2022
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Contact Lenses Market Size (2022 to 2027)

As per our analysis report, the global contact lenses market is expected to reach USD 21.67 billion by 2027 from USD 14.97 billion in 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.68 % during the forecast period.

Contact Lenses Market Share Insights:

  • North America is the largest market for contact lenses. It is predicted to continue its dominating trend in the years to come due to the vibrant health conditions and high-end healthcare facilities.
  • The U.S. contact lenses market was worth USD 3.5 billion in 2020 and accounted for 25.4% of the global market in 2020.
  • The disposable contact lenses market is expected to see significant growth soon.
  • In 2020, the majority share of the global contact lenses market was occupied by the companies such as CooperVision, Bausch & Lomb Incorporated, Alcon Vision LLC, and Johnson & Johnson Inc. These manufacturers are expected to continue their domination in the market during the forecast period.

Contact lenses are the corrective lens used on the surface of the eyeball, which is used to correct refractive errors and visual deficiencies such as myopia etc. According to WHO, cataract is responsible for world blindness. The U.S. FDA-regulated cosmetics and a prescription for contact lenses require increasing adoption to correct multiple vision defects, including refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, etc.  


YOY growth in patient volume suffering from vision problems is one of the major factors propelling the contact lenses market growth.

Across the world, the number of people suffering from visual impairments is growing considerably. The incidence of various eye diseases such as myopia, hyperopia, and presbyopia are also increasing with the growing age among people, promoting contact lenses usage. Myopia has become a prevalent eye disorder worldwide, and the population affected is increasing each year. According to, in 2010, 27% of the world's population, i.e., around 1.9 billion, had myopia, and this value is predicted to grow to 52% by 2050. According to the reports published by the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 2.2 billion people worldwide have near or distant vision impairment. The incidence of vision loss is more among aged people. For instance, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), around 12 million people aged above 40 years in the United States have vision impairment.

In addition, growing adoption of contact lenses, YOY growth in the geriatric population, growing demand for daily disposable contact lenses, increasing importance for contact lenses over prescription eye lenses, growing disposable income, rising prevalence of eye diseases and injuries, and the high healthcare expenditure are promoting the growth rate of the contact lenses market. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the population of 60+ years of age is expected to cross 1.4 billion by 2030. Furthermore, the increase in the R&D activities happening in the optometry industry and the need to eliminate the usage of spectacles are expected to add fuel to the market's growth rate. In addition, technological advancements in the contact lens domain are positive and expected to favor contact lenses market growth during the market period.


Compared to spectacles, the shortage of expert ophthalmologists, regulatory obstacles, and the high cost of contact lenses are major restraints to the global contact lenses market. Difficulties associated with the usage of contact lenses with another significant factor restricting the market growth. Lack of knowledge about contact lenses, especially in rural areas, impedes the development of the contact lenses market. In addition, deplorable reimbursement policies from the government and other organizations are hampering the growth rate of the contact lenses market.

COVID-19 impact on the global contact lenses market:

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected contact lens instruction, as educational institutions are moving to online distribution worldwide through e-commerce businesses by the healthcare industry. In addition, during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a link between the perceived risk of infection and CL dropout and a tendency to change the wearing frequency of the CL, with a rise in occasional wear of the CL. Therefore, eye care practitioners should strengthen CL patient education during the current pandemic to reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and CL-related complications that require clinical care.

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the contact lenses market. Due to lockdown restrictions and a ban on international flights, there has been a slowdown in the market growth rate during the first half of 2020. However, due to the government's sudden introduction of lockdowns, optometric stores, clinics, and retail stores have closed. The usage of daily disposable contacts was reduced due to the global lockdown restrictions. Moreover, people opt for glasses instead of contact lenses, leading to the market downfall.

Because of the lockdown and closure of production facilities, the COVID-19 pandemic is much strain on the healthcare industry. The increasing incidence of vision impairment and myopic population, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, is a positive factor for the market due to the increased use of screens and virtual meetings while working from home. During the lockdown, decreased contact lens wear included concern over infection due to the use of contact lenses; glasses currently offer more comfort, restricting the use of lenses in case of supply issues and allowing eyes a rest about teaching practical skills, student evaluation, and engagement, online contact lens education. Due to the growing adoption of online platforms where healthcare providers are virtually assisting and providing training and education regarding how to wear and care for the lenses, the contact lenses market is expected to pick up and register a healthy CAGR during the forecast period. Furthermore, the reduced impact of COVID-19 and the rising habituation of people toward the new normalization are contributing to the market’s rise.




Market Size Available

2021 to 2027

Base Year


Forecast Period

2022 to 2027

Segments Covered

By Material, Application, Design, Modality, Distribution Channel, and Region

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Challenges; PESTLE Analysis; Porter's Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview of Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East & Africa


This research report on the global contact lenses market has been segmented & sub-segmented based on the material, application, design, modality, distribution channel, and region.

Contact Lenses Market - By Material:

  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • Silicone Hydrogel Lenses
  • Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses
  • Hybrid Contact Lenses
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) Contact Lenses

Based on material, the soft contact lenses segment is expected to hold the highest share of the global contact lenses market during the forecast period.

In contrast, the rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses segment is estimated to showcase the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

On the other hand, the hybrid contact lenses segment is anticipated to register a healthy CAGR in the coming years owing to the increased use of hybrid lenses by people with astigmatism and keratoconus.

Contact Lenses Market - By Application:

  • Therapeutic Contact Lenses
  • Cosmetic Contact Lenses
  • Corrective Contact Lenses
  • Prosthetic Contact Lenses

Based on the application, the corrective contact lenses market is anticipated to lead the market during the forecast period and is expected to showcase a 6% CAGR. These contact lenses are designed for medical purposes, which aid in relieving eye pain and healing the cornea.

In 2021, the therapeutic contact lenses segment had a substantial global market share and is expected to rise at a promising CAGR during the forecast period. However, as the lenses can also be used to deliver drugs to the cornea, the segment is expected to decrease its market share over the forecast period.

Contact Lenses Market - By Design:

  • Spherical
  • Bifocal
  • Orthokeratology
  • Toric     

During the forecast period, the spherical lens segment will occupy over 65% of the market share.

Contact Lenses Market - By Modality:

  • Conventional
  • Disposable
    • Daily
    • Monthly
    • Other Disposable Modalities

Based on modality, the conventional segment dominated the contact lenses market in 2021. But soon, the disposable segment is forecasted to take over the top spot and grow aggressively during the forecast period. Increasing awareness regarding the benefits associated with disposable contact lenses is expected to drive the growth of this segment.

Contact Lenses Market - By Distribution Channel:

  • Eye Hospitals and Spectacle stores
  • Online

Based on the distribution channel, the eye hospitals and spectacle stores segment accounted for the major share of the contact lenses market in 2021. However, the online segment is gaining attention and is expected to witness a boom soon and is predicted to display a CAGR of 7.45% during the forecast period.

Contact Lenses Market - By Region:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East and Africa

Geographically, the North American contact lenses market is expected to hold the largest share of the global contact lenses market during the forecast period. Common eye diseases related to age, increasing healthcare expenditure, and increasing disposable income are the key factors propelling the market demand in this region. The United States had the most significant share of the global market in 2021 and is anticipated to account for the largest share of the North American market in the coming years. On the other hand, the Canadian market is predicted to showcase a healthy CAGR during the forecast period in this region.

The European contact lenses market held the second-largest global market share in 2021. During the forecast period, the European region is estimated to have a decent occupancy in the global market. The growing adoption of technological developments in manufacturing contact lenses is one of the major factors propelling the European market growth. UK and Germany had the major share of the European region in 2021 and are likely to continue dominating the European region during the forecast period. In addition, the aging population across the European region is growing consistently, which is expected to contribute to the regional market's growth.

The APAC contact lenses market is one of the potential regions worldwide and is expected to grow the fastest during the forecast period. The Chinese market is expected to showcase healthy growth in the coming years as the adoption of contact lenses from China is witnessing significant growth. On the other hand, the Japanese market is expected to witness considerable growth during the forecast period. To increase the appearance of the eyes, consumers in Japan are importantly adopting contact lenses, propelling the market growth in Japan. On the other hand, the Indian market is anticipated to project the fastest growth during the forecast period owing to the increasing awareness among people regarding contact lenses and improved willingness from people towards contact lenses.

The Latin American contact lenses market is predicted to witness notable growth in the upcoming years.

The MEA contact lenses market is expected to gain momentum and register healthy growth during the forecast period. Increasing agreements to manage contact lenses, develop healthcare facilities, develop medical tourism, improve the healthcare industry, and raise knowledge about contact lenses are contributing to the growth of contact lenses in the countries of the Middle East and Africa.


Johnson & JohnsonBausch & LombCooper VisionHydrogel Vision CorpAbbott Medical Optics, Inc., Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Carl Zeiss AG, CIBA Vision, Essilor International, and Contamac are some of the noteworthy companies operating in the global contact lenses market and profiled in this report.

Companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, The Cooper Companies, and Bausch & Lomb occupy most global contact lenses market shares. The key market participants focus on bettering their brand value and customer base to acquire the best possible market share and joining long-term associations with the suppliers and distributors to increase their sustainability and strengthen their regional presence.


  • In June 2020, Bausch& Lomb introduced its early enlarged depth of focus IOL and a new monofocal IOL in Europe for the first time. 'LuxSmart' and 'LuxGood' are new technologies that decrease dysphotopsia, and a common problem occurs in some IOLs and understanding vision.
  • In July 2019, Clerio Vision collaborated with Hydrogel Vision Corporation, a producer and dealer of high-performance contact lenses. The lens is made from a restorative material that holds 99% moisture. In addition, Clerio is advancing a multifocal lens product expected to enter the market in 18 months.
  • In November 2019, CooperVision announced that it had won FDA approval for MiSight. It is recommended for children of age 8-12 years. 
  • In October 2019, Johnson & Johnson Company introduced Acuvue RevitaLens as a multi-purpose decontaminate solution. It is the company's early expansion of contact lenses.

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Which country led the global contact lenses market in 2021?

The U.S. accounted for the largest share in the global market in 2021 and occupied over 25%.

How big is the global contact lenses market?

In 2020, the global contact lenses market was worth USD 14.97 billion, and between 2021 to 2026, the market is expected to rise at a CAGR of 7.68% and be worth USD 21.67 billion by 2026.

Which region accounted for the largest share in the global contact lenses market in 2021?

In 2021, the North American region accounted for the biggest share in the global market and the trend is expected to continue throughout the forecast period.

How large is the contact lens market?

The global market for contact lenses is predicted to be worth USD 21.67 billion by 2027 from USD 14.97 billion in 2022.

Which are the significant players operating in the contact lenses market?

Johnson & Johnson, Bausch & Lomb, Cooper Vision, Hydrogel Vision Corp, Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Carl Zeiss AG, CIBA Vision, Essilor International, and Contamac are some of the notable companies in the contact lenses market.

Which region is predicted to lead the contact lenses market in the future?

From 2022 to 2027, the North American region is predicted to dominate the contact lenses market.

Does this report include the impact of COVID-19 on the radiation oncology market?

Yes, in this report, the COVID-19 impact on the global contact lenses market is included.

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