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Surgical safety glasses protect the user from the direct transmission of drops and aerosols. Conventional prescription glasses contact lenses or protective glasses that are not circumferential do not offer adequate protection and are therefore not recommended by healthcare professionals. Safety glasses with anti-fog coating offer reliable and practical eye protection against splashes, aerosols, and air droplets that can come from various angles during a surgery. Latest models of glasses fit properly over prescription glasses with minimal gaps (glasses must fit snugly to be effective, especially from the corner of the eye to the forehead). In ultraviolet (UV) light, tinted glass reflects darker, while anti-reflective glass prevents light reflections. An anti-fog coating on the surgical glass ensures visual precision to protect patient’s safety during demanding or delicate procedures. Surgical glasses can be used in operating rooms, endoscopy, sterile preparation, during operations, and others. The laser safety glasses are used in all environments where the eyes could be directly exposed to laser beams, as even the smallest amount of laser can cause permanent eye injury. Laser safety glasses provide comfortable glasses that a user can wear with optical density safety levels that reduce or reduce potentially hazardous laser exposures to a safe level and below the maximum allowable exposure.

Global Surgical Safety Glasses Market: Dynamics

The global market for surgical safety glasses is driven by an ever-increasing number of surgical procedures, awareness of hospital-acquired infections, and an ever-increasing global incidence of infectious diseases. For instance, according to a study published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2019, unsafe medical care causes around 2.6 million deaths each year in the low- and middle-income countries such as Algeria, Bangladesh, India and others. Furthermore, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the prevalence of chronic diseases globally increase by a 57% in 2020. For instance, according to an investigation by the report of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), one in 18 patients in hospitals suffer from a hospital infection (HAI) in Europe. Furthermore, an average of about 3.2 million patients per year suffer from acute respiratory infections, worldwide. These cases encourage the use of protective glasses.

Rising launches of products by market players is a major factor that is expected to drive growth of the global surgical safety glasses market over the forecast period. For instance, in February 2012, Honeywell Safety introduced the Honeywell Rio laser safety glasses, which can be worn as stand-alone glasses or over corrective glasses.

Increasing awareness of employee safety has driven the overall growth of the global surgical safety glasses market. For instance, according to an article published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 66.7% of eye injuries were caused by flying particles and 23.1% of cases were due to exposure to harmful chemical radiation.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recommended the following items to assess the need for protective eyewear: the nature and extent of the hazard, the circumstances of the exposure, other protective equipment used, and the visual requirements personal. Several employers consider these studies and surveys to determine the safety of their employees, which is expected to drive demand for products during the forecast period.

Global Surgical Safety Glasses Market: Restraints

Strict government regulations, a lack of a suitable reimbursement for glasses and undeveloped health infrastructure in underdeveloped countries such as India, Bangladesh, Nepal and others are likely to hamper the market during the forecast period.

Global Surgical Safety Glasses Market: Regional Insights

North America is expected to hold largest market share in the global surgical safety glasses market followed by Europe and Asia Pacific. The market growth in these regions is mainly attributed to affordable healthcare infrastructure, high per capita income, and high acceptance of advanced medical devices in the region, high level of intelligence and awareness of safety and caution during surgery.

Moreover, rising product launches and approvals will aid North America region to maintain their position in the global surgical safety glasses market. For instance, in January 2017, Univet Optical Technologies launched ‘Univet 5.0’, which is a specially designed safety glass for protection against laser beams.

Global Surgical Safety Glasses Market: Competitive landscape

Key players operating in the global surgical safety glasses market include BERNER International GmbH, Spectronics Corporation, NoIR Medical, Ikbolo, 3M, Carhartt, Mcr Safety, Uvex, Lincoln Electric, Miller, Pyramex Safety, Smith and Wesson, Wiley X, Kimberly Clark Professional, and Jackson Safety.

Global Surgical Safety Glasses Market: Taxonomy

By Product Type

  • Anti-fog Glasses
  • Anti-reflect Glasses
  • Tinted Glasses
  • Laser Protective Glasses

By Distribution Channel

  • Hospitals
  • Retail Stores
  • Online Channels
  • Others

By Region

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