In what ways did the optics industry and related sectors change after the pandemic?

Abhishek Kumar Singh
Abhishek Kumar Singh Sep 03 2021 - 4 min read
In what ways did the optics industry and related sectors change after the pandemic?
With an average of 2 ophthalmologists per capita in developing countries completing around 40,000 surgeries each year on patients

The eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of the body that are exposed to the outer world. They help us to visualise and get a real-time experience of the world. They also give proper shape and symmetry to the human face. Also, it depends on you that how you use them for expressing emotions. Eyes help us to see things with improved brain focus. Storage and transfer of visual details become easy due to eyes. For instance; it is impossible to draw the exact things without eyes?

Coronavirus outbreak has changed human life drastically. Work from home and online meetings have become a new normal. Except for some of us, we all started using online portals for meetings and still we keep staring at the computer or mobile screen for several hours. Work from home and video calls gave us the liberty to work without going anywhere, but affected our eyes negatively.

Eyes strains, dry eyes and powered vision became some normal diseases in ophthalmology. People are continuously reporting these diseases which changed the industry last few years. In this article, we will try to understand what changes did optic industry experienced contemporarily.

Ocular surgery

In modern international society, eye diseases have become one of the leading causes of blindness. The worldwide annual rate of newly acquired eye blindness is around 480,000 cases, with India alone reporting an eye-related death every 26 minutes as recently as 2007. Ocular diseases threaten an estimated $23 billion in worldwide economic productivity each year. There are numerous steps taken to overcome the problem.

Over the past ten years, global ophthalmology witnessed an impressive growth spurt. Some 55 million ophthalmologists were performing hundreds of thousands of cataract surgeries every year, with an average of 2 ophthalmologists per capita in developing countries completing around 40,000 surgeries each year on patients.

Laser eye treatment

Though it may not be obvious to everyone, your eyes are an integral part of your beauty. They help you see and judge distances, focus on visual details, and recognize colour. If you’re unhappy with the way your eyes look, you can undergo laser treatment from an optician to improve them. The treatment will be aimed at improving the appearance of dark circles and other eye issues caused by genetics or poor nutrition. Many people undergo laser eye surgery at some point in their lives due to underlying issues like Hyperopia or myopia.

Laser eye treatment is one of the procedures used in curing powered vision. This procedure is considered cosmetic and offers less medical value; however, patients often use this method for getting their vision improved. The main concern with laser eye surgery is recovery time; after laser eye surgery patients usually spend one to two weeks recovering at home before being allowed to return to their regular daily activities.

Eyewears and lens market

In recent years, the demand for work from home and online interaction forced people to have a close relationship with screens. This change and the advent of new technology, however, have led to an increase in consumers needs for eyewear as well as contact lenses. The eyewear market has been gaining momentum for several years now. Eyewear brands also accepted these changes and shifted their focus to science and technology. Additionally, they started to design products with long-term durability and attractive costing.

Cataract market

The cataract industry has changed drastically in recent years. The patient load capacity (which is how much treatment you can receive in one visit) has gone up, which means there are fewer patients available for each visit. Brands launched cataract apps for iOS and Android phones that have created clusters of patients closer together, which means opticians can serve more patients with faster visits.

Beauty products

Growing demands has obligated consumers to go for easy and reliable alternatives. Several Products are used at home for treating various eye problems been a proliferation in demand. Interestingly, the use of these products has increased dramatically over the past few years. This shows us that people are aware of the importance of keeping their eyes healthy and moist at home.


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