Scleral Lens Market: Introduction

The two main types of materials of contact lenses are soft and hard or rigid. Scleral lens is a type of hard or rigid material contact lens, and it’s generally larger in diameter than other contact lenses. Scleral lenses differ from corneal GP (gas permeable) lenses based on their size (diameter) and fitting characteristics.

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Corneal gas permeable contact lenses are supported exclusively by the cornea and do not extend past the limbus. Scleral lenses are vault over the entire corneal surface and rest of sclera. These lenses are preferred in cases where there is need to morph irregular cornea into a smooth optical surface, which helps correct vision issues caused by severe dry eye syndrome, microphthalmia, keratoconus, Stevens–Johnson syndrome, and Sjögren's syndrome.

 Scleral lenses are customized according to the shape of the individual eye they are being fitted to. They are designed in such a way that they gently land on the sclera of the patient without any compressing or exerting any stress to the underlying tissue. Scleral lenses completely cover the cornea and extend onto the sclera. In terms of size (diameter), scleral lens can be classified into three categories: corneo-scleral, mini-scleral lenses, and full Scleral. Semi- scleral contact lenses are considered corneo-sclerals.

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Key Drivers, Restraints, and Opportunities of Global Scleral Lens Market

The fact that Scleral lens are used when other contact lens do not prove effective. Scleral lenses help a patient who is unable to find the right contact lenses that resolves his/her vision issues. In terms of comfort, visual clarity, and stability, scleral lens is a better option than gas permeable lenses. Patients having ocular surface disease often benefit from a scleral lens with a larger overall diameter, which in due course requires advanced toric peripheral systems in order to align with the sclera. In cases related to corneal irregularity or severe sensitivity, scleral lenses are often the only viable option. These benefits offered by scleral lens is driving the global market.

Cost and convenience are major restraints of the global scleral lens market. Scleral lenses are customized according to individual needs and the fitting process requires special attention, which gets reflected in the total cost of these lenses. Furthermore, a specially trained optometrist is required to fit the lens, and the whole process is time consuming, which is a major restraint for the global scleral lens market.

Advancements in R&D of lens design are estimated to offer further opportunities in the global Scleral market enabling manufacturers to design scleral lenses, such as bifocal Sclerals, which are helpful to resolve various conditions including the correction of presbyopia.

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Asia Pacific to Capture Major Share of Global Scleral Lens Market

Asia Pacific is the leading region of the global scleral market. The region is home to around 62% of the total world population with visual impairment issues, and around 90% of vision loss is avoidable. Around 510 million people who have refractive vision error are benefitting from scleral lenses. Numerous patients with ocular surface disease could potentially benefit from scleral lenses. Increase in awareness about scleral lens is attributed to the major share held by Asia Pacific in the global scleral lens market.

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (USA) Vision Health Initiative, approximately 12 million people 40 year and above in the U.S. have vision impairment, and 8 million have vision impairment due to uncorrected refractive error. Furthermore, more than half of them did not seek of eye care due to a lack of awareness or high cost. North America is projected to account for the second-largest share of the global scleral lens market owing to an increase in the number of curable patients suffering from vision impairment due to corneal steepness or irregularity, which can be cured with the assistance of scleral lens.

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Key Players Operating in Scleral Lens Market

The global scleral lens treatment market is highly fragmented, with the presence of various key players. A large number of manufacturers hold a major share in their respective regions. Major players operating in the global scleral lens market are:

  • ABB Optical Group
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Visionary Optics
  • Essilor
  • Art Optical Contact Lens, Inc.
  • CooperVision
  • BostonSight
  • Tru-Form Optics
  • AccuLens
  • SynergEyes

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