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The Global Cataract Surgery Devices Market is forecast to exceed $3.8 Billion by 2017

Wednesday 22 February 2012, Amsterdam

The report provides market landscape, competitive landscape and market trends information on the cataract surgery devices market. The report provides comprehensive information on the key trends affecting the market, and key analytical content on the marketís dynamics. The report also reviews the competitive landscape and technology offerings.


The Global Cataract Surgery Devices Market is forecast to exceed $3.8 Billion by 2017

See figure: Cataract Surgery Devices Market, Global, Revenue ($m), Forecast, 2010-2017

The global market for cataract surgery devices was valued at $3 billion in 2010, and is forecast to exceed $3.8 billion by 2017, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3%. This growth in the market is expected to be driven by the increase in the adoption of premium Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) such as multifocal, accommodating and toric IOLs plus technological advancements, such as microincision cataract surgery in the developed countries and phacoemulsification in the developing countries, and an increase in the prevalence of cataracts because of the aging population and the associated risk factors such as diabetes.


High Prevalence of Cataracts, especially in the Aging Population to Generate Demand

The high prevalence of cataracts, especially in the elderly population, will lead to an increase in the number of cataract surgeries and generate demand for cataract surgery devices. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of cataract surgeries performed in 2010 was estimated to be around 20 million and this number is expected to reach 32 million by 2020. In India, over five million cataract surgeries are performed annually, making it the top country in the world for such surgeries. In the US, annually, over three million cataract surgeries are performed. In Germany, over 0.8 million cataract surgery procedures are performed each year, while in France, the figure is over 0.5 million. Cataracts are a leading cause for blindness worldwide, accounting for around 50% of all types of blindness. Furthermore, the incidence of cataracts increases with age. According to the National Eye Institute, of the total US population, cataracts are prevalent in 68.3% of those aged 80 and above and in 42.8% of those aged 70 to 79. An increase in the elderly population will lead to a significant increase in the prevalence of cataracts.


IOL is the Largest Segment in the Global Cataract Surgery Devices Market

IOL is the largest segment in the global cataract surgery devices market and is forecast to reach $3.1 billion by 2017 at a CAGR of 4%. The market is expected to be driven by the increasing adoption of premium IOLs such as multifocal, accommodating and toric IOLs.

There is an escalating shift from the use of standard monofocal IOLs to premium IOLs resulting in higher revenue generation. Although, the majority of surgically implanted IOLs, to replace the clouded lens and restore vision, are the standard monofocal lenses, premium IOLs are gaining increased adoption because of their enhanced clinical outcomes. The adoption level of premium IOL units was 13% in the US in 2010. However, the revenue contribution from these premium IOL units made 39% of the total IOL segment. The higher revenue generation from the premium IOLs is because of their higher price, a factor that will significantly contribute to the growth of the IOL market.


Femtosecond Laser Systems Expected to have Significant Impact on Cataract Surgery Devices Market in the Future

The development and application of femtosecond laser technology towards cataract surgery is expected to gain wider adoption, following its success in refractive, corneal and scleral surgery. The femtosecond laser is a precise cutting instrument that can be applied to capsulorrhexis (a process to remove lens capsules in cataract surgery) and lens fragmentation. Femtosecond laser technology is expected to complement phacoemulsification equipment, as it facilitates emulsification by softening dense nuclei. While the concrete impact of this technology on the market cannot yet be analysed, many eye surgeons are optimistic about its application in cataract surgery and for this reason, it is expected to have a significant impact in the future.


The US is the Biggest Market for Cataract Surgery Devices

The US market for cataract surgery devices was valued at $960.8m in 2010, and is forecast to reach $1.1 billion by 2017, at a CAGR of 3%. The US contribution towards the global cataract surgery devices market was 32% in 2010. The US market for cataract surgery devices is expected to be driven by the increase in the adoption of premium IOLs, direct to consumer (DTC) marketing, the availability of advanced technologies such as micro-incision cataract surgery, the availability of reimbursement, the increase in the number of ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) and a significant aging population. Cataract surgery is the most requested procedure in the US, with an estimated three million cataract surgeries performed each year.


Alcon is the Dominant Player in the Global Cataract Surgery Devices Market

In 2010, Alcon was the dominant player in the global cataract surgery devices market, with a 43% market share. Alconís dominance can be attributed to its leading position in the IOL market and a significant presence in both the phacoemulsification equipment market and the ophthalmic viscoelastic devices (OVDs) market. Alconís powerful position in the IOL market is expected to continue with its broad product portfolio, strong sales and distribution network and its significant investment in pipeline products. Other leading players in this market are Abbott Medical Optics, Bausch and Lomb and Hoya Corporation.

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