‘The Future of Optometry’, presented at the recent Vision Expo West, was a look at the future, based on a comprehensive study conducted by Jobson Medical Information designed to appraise the current and future state of optometry in the United States.
The presentation looked at likely changes in practice operations, as well as practical action points to adapt to evolving business dynamics through to the year 2025
The study found that demand for eye care has two components: demand for corrective products (particularly spectacles and contact lenses) and services, as well as for medical diagnosis and treatment, including surgery. The first category has been the traditional stronghold of optometry, and the latter has been the main focus of ophthalmology.
‘Eye care is a huge business’
Among its findings was that eye care is a huge business, with more than three-quarters of the adult population wearing vision correction devices, with an estimated $US33.5 billion pent annually by American adults for refractive eye examinations, eyewear and contact lenses. Another $US28.6 billion is spent for medical and surgical eye care, meaning total eye-care demand per capita is nearly $US200 annually.
The study found that demand for eye care is higher among older people, both because a higher proportion of people over 40 need vision correction and
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