Looking ahead: As the elderly population increases, industry revenue is expected to rise

The Optometrists industry exhibited steady growth over the past five years 2018, due to increasing demand from an aging population and increasing awareness of eye health. On the retail front, intensifying competition from optical retailers, most notably online distributors, cut into the industry's ancillary product sales. Medical care services, however, continue to provide a reliable source of revenue to the industry. With the elderly population growing faster than other age groups, industry operators are expected to benefit over the five years to 2023...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$17bn
Annual Growth 13-18
3.1%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
146,719
Businesses
35,073
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Intensifying competition from optical retailers, most notably online distributors, cut into the industry’s ancillary product sales
  • Optometrists benefited from a high prevalence of eye ailments across some demographics
  • Medical eye care services from optometrists are expected to expand
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Optometrists industry is currently in the growth stage of is economic life cycle. Over the 10 years to 2023, industry value added, which measures the industry's contribution to the economy, is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 3.6%. This expansion indicates that the industry will grow at a faster pace than the overall US economy; GDP is projected to rise an annualized 2.2% during the same period.With the growing elderly population, which has a high prevalence of age-related eye ailments (such as macular degeneration), demand for eye exams and corrective eyewear products will increase during the 10-year period. Additionally, as healthcare reform expands optometric coverage for pediatric individuals, this trend will support demand for industry products. How...purchase to read more.

    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

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    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
  • Demographic changes and industry landscape
  • Table: Optometrists Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • 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
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • 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
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    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
    Table: Industry Data for the Optometrists Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Total health expenditure (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Medicaid
  • 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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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
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