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Global Photochromic Lenses Market: Overview

Photochromic lenses for glasses were initially presented in 1966 by Corning Glass Works. There it was found that when silver-based precious stones were applied to the liquid glass, the completed focal points would obscure because of UV light in only a couple of moments. The more exceptional the UV introduction, the darker the focal points would become, and they would keep on modifying in an assortment of light conditions. The focal points are clear (or almost clear) inside and obscure naturally when presented to daylight. You can perceive how this sort of focal point innovation would be worthwhile for somebody needing to dispose of the requirement for conveying both an unmistakable and dark arrangement of wellbeing glasses. This as a result propels the growth of global photochromic lenses market.

  • When pondering any pair of safety glasses, it's imperative to focus on the measure of Visible Light Transition (VLT) that is advertised. The measure of noticeable light that goes through every perspective influences one's vision and are essential components to consider when buying wellbeing glasses. Various applications and situations call for various focal points, for example, a golden focal point being required for low-light conditions. ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, gives rules to clear-and channel plano (non-remedy) focal points in its Z87.1-2015 release. This is a remarkable development in global photochromic lenses market.
  • Geologically, Europe was the main market for photochromic lenses because of increment in center around research and improvement by the administration and development in geriatric populace in the district. As indicated by the World Health Organization and European Union, in 2015, nations in Europe had probably the most noteworthy level of in geriatric populaces on the planet, alongside higher future rates. North America is the subsequent driving business for photochromic lenses market. Increment in mergers and acquisitions among significant producers headquartered in North America, mechanical headway, and ascend in frequency of interminable eye sicknesses are foreseen to support the photochromic lenses market in the district during the estimate time frame.

Photochromic Lenses Market - Snapshot

Photochromic lenses adjust automatically to outdoor lighting conditions by providing the right level of tint, and return to their clear state. The extent of photochromic reaction of the lenses depends on the intensity of the UV radiation. There are several international standards to confirm that photochromic lenses employed in sunglasses and spectacle lenses do not affect the perception of color and provide suitable UV protection to the eye. Photochromic lenses are also known as transition lenses. These lenses are available in different colors, such as grey, green, and brown. Collaboration among market players for product development is likely to result in innovative products to fulfill consumer demand. The global photochromic lenses market was valued at around US$ 8,000 Mn in 2017 and is anticipated to register a CAGR above 2.5% from 2018 to 2026 to reach a value of approximately US$ 11,000 Mn by 2026.

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Growth in aging population worldwide and rise in demand for photochromic lenses among the older population are expected to drive the photochromatic lenses market during the forecast period. According to the United Nations, by 2050, the number of older people is expected to more than double, rising from 962 million in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050. Technological advancements, increasing retail outlets, and comfort and style benefit are the additional factors fueling the growth of the photochromic lenses market. Photochromic lenses are a preferred choice for vision correction among the older population compared to the younger population with impaired eyesight due to increase in geriatric population. Children are suffering from acute nearsightedness at a very small age due to increasing use of electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops and televisions. Research indicates that long-term, unprotected exposure to sunlight can lead to vision problems, which include age-related conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye conditions. Eye care professionals, in the present time, recommend photochromic lenses that protect eyes from UV exposure to prevent eye problems caused by sun rays.

The global photochromic lenses market has been segmented based on material, technology type, distribution channel, and region. In terms of material, the glass segment is anticipated to account for a major market share, followed by the plastic segment. The plastic segment is growing significantly due to affordable product pricing, rise in product demand, availability of technologically advanced products, etc. Based on technology type, the UV & visible light segment accounted for the leading market share in 2017 and is expected to gain market share by 2026. Rise in prevalence of chronic eye diseases as well as product demand are likely to propel the UV & visible light segment from 2018 to 2026. In terms of distribution channel, the independent eye care professionals segment held the dominant share of the photochromic lenses market in 2017. The segment is projected to maintain its lead over the other segments during the forecast period. Rise in importance of eye care among people is expected to fuel the growth of the market.

Geographically, Europe was the leading market for photochromic lenses due to increase in focus on research & development by the government and growth in geriatric population in the region. According to the World Health Organization and European Union, in 2015, countries in Europe had one of the highest percentages of in geriatric populations in the world, along with higher life expectancy rates. North America is the second leading market for photochromic lenses. Increase in mergers and acquisitions among major manufacturers headquartered in North America, technological advancement, and rise in incidence of chronic eye diseases are anticipated to boost the photochromic lenses market in the region during the forecast period. According to the American Association of Ophthalmology, eye-related disorders, such as, glaucoma, blindness, cataract, and diabetic retinopathy are on the rise. Cataract affects almost 24 million people in the U.S. every year. The photochromic lenses market in Asia Pacific is projected to grow at a rapid pace during the forecast period, owing to rise in the number of ophthalmologists, increase in per capita health care expenditure, high prevalence of eye diseases, and rise in awareness about eye care in the region. According to statistics provided by the International Council of Ophthalmology, India had around 15,000 and China had an estimated 28,000 ophthalmologists in 2013. High demand for photochromic lenses has been observed in the developing countries of Asia Pacific.

Major players operating in the global photochromic lenses market include Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Corning Incorporated, Essilor International S.A., HOYA Corporation, Vision Service Plan, Transitions Optical Limited, Optiswiss AG, TOKAI OPTICAL CO., LTD., SEIKO OPTICAL PRODUCTS CO., LTD. and Vision Dynamics LLC. Merger & Acquisition is the key growth strategy adopted by leading companies.

Photochromic Lenses Market- Overview

Photochromic lenses are clear indoors and automatically darken when exposed to sunlight. They impart a comfortable feeling to the eyes and also shield the eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. This report analyzes the global photochromic lenses market in terms of its current and future prospects. It comprises an executive summary that provides information on products and market segments, along with a market snapshot and comparative analysis by region, in terms of revenue, for 2017.

A detailed overview of market dynamics, including drivers, restraints, and opportunities of the photochromic lenses market, along with Porter’s Five Forces analysis of the global market, has been provided in this report. Market revenue analysis for all the segments mentioned in the title of the report has been provided for the forecast period, i.e. 2018-2026, considering 2017 as the base year and 2016 as the historical year, along with compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in percentage for the forecast period. Market share estimations are based on in-depth analysis and study of products and their features, prices, etc.

The report provides an in-depth analysis of the global photochromic lenses market. Stakeholders of this report include companies manufacturing photochromic lenses. For providing a snapshot of the market to its stakeholders, an executive summary section has been included in the report, which summarizes the market size, trends, and competition of the market in different regions across the world. Market share of major players has been analyzed to signify their percentage share of the market. Furthermore, the report incorporates market attractiveness analysis by region to project the most lucrative market for photochromic lenses.

Research methodology adopted for this study is a combination of primary and secondary resources. Primary research includes information collected via e-mails and telephonic interviews with key opinion leaders (KOLs). Secondary research comprises information collected from various public sources, such as company websites, annual reports, stock analysis presentations, press releases, and national and international databases.

Based on material, the global photochromic lenses market has been segmented into glass, polycarbonate, and plastic. In terms of technology type, the global market has been categorized into in-mass, imbibing & trans-bonding, UV & visible light, and others. Based on distribution channel, the global photochromic lenses market has been divided into online, optical chains, and independent eye care professionals. In terms of region, the global photochromic lenses market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The regions have further been segmented into major countries and sub-regions, such as, the U.S., Canada, Germany, the U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe, China, Japan, India, Australia & New Zealand, Rest of Asia Pacific, Brazil, Mexico, Rest of Latin America, GCC Countries, South Africa, and Rest of Middle East  Africa. The report also comprises profiles of major players operating in the photochromic lenses market, their SWOT analysis, market share, key business strategies, product portfolios, and recent developments. Key market players profiled in this report include Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Corning Incorporated, Essilor International S.A., HOYA Corporation, Vision Service Plan, Transitions Optical Limited, Optiswiss AG, TOKAI OPTICAL CO.,LTD., SEIKO OPTICAL PRODUCTS CO., LTD. and Vision Dynamics LLC.

The global photochromic lenses market has been segmented as follows:


  • Glass
  • Polycarbonate
  • Plastic

Technology Type

  • In-mass
  • Imbibing & Trans-bonding
  • UV & Visible Light
  • Others

Distribution Channel

  • Online
  • Optical Chains
  • Independent Eye Care Professionals (ECPs)


  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia & New Zealand
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC Countries
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Rest of MEA

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