Pediatric vitrectomy is a surgery, which is performed on children to remove vitreous gel from middle part of the eye. Vitrectomy are of two types such as pars plana vitrectomy and anterior eye vitrectomy. Pars plana vitrectomy operates in the posterior segment of patients eye for the treatment of endophthalmitis, retinal detachments, and vitreous hemorrhage, while anterior eye vitrectomy aids in removing the vitreous gel from the anterior chamber of eye.

Topical (eye drops) and periocular (around the eye) anesthesia are given to make patient eye comfortable and for painless surgery. Moreover, vitreous attachment to retina in pediatric patient are very strong due to absence of posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). Therefore, strong vitreoretinal adhesions in pediatric patient makes vitrectomy procedure challenging, as compared to adults, during surgery.

Global Pediatric Vitrectomy Market Drivers

The global pediatric vitrectomy market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period due to major players in market focusing on research and development of new and advance vitrectomy systems. For instance, in 2018, Bausch + Lomb, an eye health product company in the U.S., launched Bi blade dual port vitrectomy cutters with ‘25- gauge and 27-gauge’ used in Stellaris Elite vision enhancement system (intended for emulsification and removal of cataracts). This product has efficiency of 15,000 cuts per minute rate and thus increases cutting flow efficiency in surgery, as compared to guillotine cutters. Therefore, launches of new and advanced vitrectomy products is expected to provide comfort to patients during surgery and also expected to shorten the time of surgery

Global Pediatric Vitrectomy Market COVID-19 Impact Analysis

COVID-19 has affected every industry and sector throughout the world. According to the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology May 2020, there is high amount of anxiety, stress levels in ophthalmology trainees due to disruption in training procedures because of COVID-19. Moreover according to the U.S. National Library Medicine June 2020, various parts of patients touch the ophthalmic equipment can lead to risk of spread of COVID-19 infection through aerosolized particles, thus affecting the global pediatric vitrectomy market negatively.

Global Pediatric Vitrectomy Market Restraints

The pediatric vitrectomy procedure is associated with side effects such as bacterial infection, inflammation, bleeding inside eyes, cataract formation or progression of existing cataracts, and increased pressure (glaucoma) or reduced pressure in the eye. Moreover, to heal the serious condition of eye during surgery, silicon oil is used as a vitreous substitute, which can affect patient’s vision for weeks or for a month that further leads to another procedure for removal of silicon oil after several months of pediatric vitrectomy procedure. Furthermore, recovery from eye surgery is more challenging, as the patients have to struggle with the stress and discomfort of a 23-hour a-day facedown postoperative position. These factors are expected to restrain the global pediatric vitrectomy market growth.

Global Pediatric Vitrectomy Market Regional Analysis

On basis of region, global pediatric vitrectomy market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. North America is expected to witness significant market growth in the global pediatric vitrectomy market, owing to factors such as increasing prevalence of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) among infants, which in turn results in vision impairment as well as blindness. For instance, according to National Institute of Health (NIH) July 2019 report, around 14,000 to 16,000 infants in the U.S. were affected by retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which is expected to lead to development of vision impairment and blindness in severe cases. Therefore, rising prevalence of blindness and vision impairments is driving pharmaceutical companies to focus on research and development in pediatric vitrectomy devices to strengthen their market share.

For instance, in 2019, Bausch + Lomb, an eye health product company in the U.S. launched 23 gauge Bi blade dual port vitrectomy cutters with efficiency of 15,000 cuts per minute rate and thus increases cutting flow efficiency as compared to guillotine cutters in the ophthalmic surgeries.

In Europe, increasing prevalence of cataract among children is propelling growth the of pediatric vitrectomy procedures in infants. For instance, according to the National Health Service (NHS) 2018 report, around 3 to 4 infants, in every 10,000 infants were affected by cataract in the U.K. These factors are expected to exhibit significant growth in the Europe pediatric vitrectomy market over the forecast period.

Global Pediatric Vitrectomy Market Key Players

Key players operating in the global pediatric vitrectomy market include Bausch + Lomb, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Optos Plc, Alcon, Orion Medic, Lumenis Ltd, Synergetics USA, Inc., Medone Surgical, Inc., Peregrine Surgical Ltd, and Nidek Co. Ltd.

Market Taxonomy:

On the basis of treatment, the global pediatric vitrectomy market is segmented into:

  • Pars Plana Vitrectomy
  • Anterior Eye Vitrectomy

On the basis of indication, the global pediatric vitrectomy market is segmented into:

  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Macular Holes
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Cataract
  • Others

On the basis of product, the global pediatric vitrectomy market is segmented into:

  • Instrument
  • Consumable

On the basis of end users, the global pediatric vitrectomy market is segmented into:

  • Hospital
  • Clinics
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Others

On the basis of region, the global pediatric vitrectomy market is segmented into:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Asia Pacific
  • Africa
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