Seeing clearly: As the elderly population increases, industry revenue is expected to rise

The Optometrists industry market report contains data and analysis of the most influential current and future trends shaping the industry. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical, user-friendly format, and provides growth and profit forecasts for a five-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • As the number of Medicare beneficiaries increases, industry demand will rise
  • More optometrists are expanding their services to appeal to consumer demands
  • Optometrists are expected to tap into growing demand for industry products
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Over the past five years in the Optometrists industry, the elderly population's strong demand for routine eye exams caused optometry services to expand. Industry revenue also increased, partly due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which increased the number of individuals with health insurance, and expanded medical insurance coverage to include pediatric eye care. Expanded coverage means that elderly individuals will have greater access to care to receive cohesive eye exams. With this segment of the population growing faster than other age groups, industry operators are expected to benefit over the five years to 2022.

    Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    According to a 2013 State of the Optometry Profession report (latest available data) by Jobson Medical Information LLC and American Optometric Association (AOA) Excel, optometrists provide an estimated 88 million refractive eye exams each year. Furthermore, optometrists administer 84.6% of total refractive exams performed by all eye care professionals in the United States, as well as 85.0% of all comprehensive exams and 90.0% of all prescribed vision correction devices.

    Prescription eyewear

    Prescription eyewear is anticipated to comprise 29.0% of industry revenue. According to the State of Optometry Profession report, an estimated 26.5 million eyeglasses are sold by optometrists each year. Ove

    Additional Insights for the Optometrists Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Optometrists Industry are

  • Use of specialist equipment or facilities
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Maintenance of excellent customer relations
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of people with private health insurance and Percentage of services conducted online in the Optometrists industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Optometrists Industry?

    This industry includes practitioners with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. ODs examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases, injuries and disorders of the eye and associated structures. Operators may also prescribe and sell eyeglasses, contact lenses and vision therapy. These practitioners operate private or group practices in their own offices or in facilities like hospitals. The industry does not include ophthalmologists (i.e. medical doctors who are trained to perform eye surgery).

    Industry Products
    Eye exams
    Prescription eyewear
    Contact lenses
    Industry Activities
    Conduct eye examinations
    Diagnose, manage and treat disorders of the eye and surrounding structures
    Prescribe and sell eyeglasses and contact lenses

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of people with private health insurance
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Number of adults aged 65 and older
  • Total health expenditure
  • Federal funding for Medicare and Medicaid

  • Current Performance
  • Demand for optometry
  • Intensifying competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Seeing an increase in demand
  • Healthcare reform
  • Table: Optometrists Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Optometrists Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Health & Medical Insurance
  • Health & Welfare Funds
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Brand Name Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Glasses & Contact Lens Manufacturing
  • Medical Device Manufacturing
  • Medical Instrument & Supply Manufacturing
  • Navigational Instrument Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Eye exams
  • Contact lenses
  • Prescription eyewear
  • Chart: Optometrists Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Accessibility
  • Awareness of services
  • Demographics
  • Technological developments

  • Major Markets
  • Patients' out-of-pocket payments
  • Private insurers
  • Government insurers
  • Other patient care revenue
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Optometrists Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Optometrists

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Optometrists Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Optometrists Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Optometrists Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Total health expenditure (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A jointly funded cooperative venture between the federal and state governments to assist states in the provision of medical care to those that need financial assistance.
  • Medicare
  • A government program of medical insurance for persons aged 65 and over and for certain disabled persons under 65.
  • Ophthalmologist
  • A physician that specializes in the study and treatment of defects and diseases of the eye.
  • Optician
  • A person who is trained to dispense prescriptions for eye correction.
  • Refractive Error
  • An error in the focusing of light by the eye and a frequent reason for reduced visual acuity.
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