Custom LASIK Surgery – Alternative to Eyewear
LASIK surgery is a highly effective method to correct vision and is especially useful in treatment of various refractive disorders such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. In the U.S. alone, over 34 million patients are suffering from myopia according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology 2016 estimates. Moreover, around 150 million people in the U.S. wear corrective eyeglasses. Custom LASIK surgery market revenue is expected to witness upward trajectory growth, owing to increase in demand for effective therapeutic treatment for disorders related to the eyes.
Introduction of technologically advanced products and long-term partnership of leading players with regional hospitals are key trends observed in the custom LASIK surgery market. There are over 1,050 LASIK centers catering to around 650,000 patients annually in the U.S. Companies such as Abbott Medical Optics and Alcon offer wavefront guided LASIK products. Government institutes in developed regions are supporting custom LASIK surgery procedure. As a result of this, several programs such as BlueCross Blue Shield QualSight program have been launched to offer support to product development and subsidies on the LASIK surgery.
The global custom LASIK surgery market size was valued at US$ 1,537.6 million in 2016 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 9.7% during 2016 – 2024.
Figure 1. Global Custom LASIK Surgery Market Size and Forecast, US$ Million and Y-o-Y Growth (%)
Source: Coherent Market Insights Analysis (2017)
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Wavefront guided has emerged as the highest revenue contributor among procedure segments
Wavefront guided procedure segment is expected to dominate the custom LASIK surgery market procedure throughout the forecast period. The segment has been estimated to account for 45.8% share of the global custom LASIK surgery market revenue in 2016. This procedure involves detailed wavefront generated measurements of light traversing through the eyes. The procedure helps in offering personalized treatment to patients based on the unique anatomy of the patient’s eye. It is highly precise and more specific compared to conventional LASIK surgery.
WaveScan System CustomVue LASIK (Abbott Medical Optics), Technolas 217z Zyoptix System for Personalized Vision Correction (Bausch + Lomb) and iDesign Advanced CustomVue LASIK System (Abbott Medical Optics) are some of the FDA-approved wavefront guided custom LASIK systems.
WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Excimer Laser System (Alcon) is a FDA approved wavefront-optimized LASIK systems.
Topography-guided LASIK systems have gained significant traction in the last few years. Contoura Vision with the WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Excimer Laser System is one such example of FDA approved topography-guided LASIK system.
Rapid increase in demand for custom LASIK surgery procedure in the emerging economies to boost market growth
North America, followed by Europe accounted for major share of global custom LASIK surgery market revenue in 2016. These two regions are together estimated to account for 65.1% of overall market revenue. However, the market for LASIK surgery procedure in Asia Pacific is projected to surpass that in in Europe by 2019. The primary factor for market growth in Asia Pacific is increased installations of LASIK systems in eye-care facilities in Japan. Japan is projected to account for 51% share of the custom Asia Pacific LASIK surgery market in 2017. Increasing patient awareness, high disposable income and improvement in the healthcare infrastructure has resulted in rise in number of LASIK surgeries and in turn, is resulting in growth of the custom LASIK surgery market in the country.
Multinational players need to tap into potential addressable market in emerging economies
Product portfolio expansion and partnerships with local players are key custom LASIK surgery market trends, which are expected to shape the industry in the near future. Moreover, companies are focusing on receiving regulatory approval for their products to differentiate their product offerings. For instance, Abbott received FDA approval for iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio in 2015. Major players in the global custom LASIK surgery market include Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Bausch & Lomb, Carl Zeiss, Inc., Abbott Medical Optics, Nidek, Inc., and Technolas Perfect Vision GmbH.