In 2016, the market value of soft contact lenses (SCLs) at industry to eye care professionals (ECP) level grew by 5.7 per cent to €1,742 million. The market is defined as the 33 countries for which EUROMCONTACT collects data for daily disposables (DD), weekly / bi-weekly and monthly (W/B&M) and conventional soft (CS) CLs. Belgium was combined with Luxemburg, as was Ireland with the UK. Czech Republic and Slovakia are now reported separately. Hence there were 31 reported countries / clusters covering the 33 countries.
The CL market for the eleven reported countries in this paper grew by 4.8 per cent, and the value was €1,426 million. The reported eleven countries represent 82.5 per cent of the total collected. In the eleven countries, DD grew by 9.5 per cent, W/B&M declined minimally (0.14 per cent). CS declined by 8.5 per cent.
With a total of 15.2 per cent (+9.7 per cent) of the 15-64 years old population wearing CLs, Sweden is leading the penetration ranks, ahead of Denmark (13.1 per cent, +4.9 per cent) and Norway (11.1 per cent, -5.2 per cent)). Lowest among the eleven is Spain (4.1 per cent, +4.3 per cent), tied with Germany (4.1 per cent; +3.6 per cent).
Silicone Hydrogels (SiHy) are now at 83.6 per cent share in the W/B&M segment (across all 33 countries) and well above 60 per cent in all of the reported eleven countries.
The total lens care market declined by 0.8 per cent for all 33 countries / 31 clusters. All countries had total data, but not all had data for all segments and all years.