More people are opting to wear contact Lenses in both the U.K. and Ireland. According to new data from the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers (ACLM), both the U.K. and Irish contact lens markets rose 8 percent in 2016.
This research was just released to the public on April 19th. Their work suggests the contact lens market is now worth around £290 million in both Ireland and the U.K.
So, just how many contact lenses are being sold year on year? ACLM's report shows that citizens in these two markets purchased an astonishing 780 million contacts last year alone.
While researchers weren't surprised that 65 percent of these 780 million were daily disposable lenses, they were a bit shocked to discover 31 percent of the market was devoted to soft frequent replacement lenses.
About 2.1 million people choose to wear daily disposable lenses, whereas 1.8 million chose frequent replacement lenses. The last 4 percent consisted of rigid lenses (3 percent) and traditional soft lenses (1 percent).
ACLM workers said about 9 percent of U.K. residents between the ages of 15 – 64 now wear contacts. That's a significant 5.4 percent rise since 2015. Currently, there are 4.2 million U.K. residents who wear contacts. Just for perspective, the current population of the U.K. is 65.4 million.
ACLM researchers think there's no reason either the U.K. or Irish contact lens market should slow down anytime soon. With this data in mind, ACLM recommends anyone involved in eye care to suggest contact lenses to their U.K. patients as a viable option. The more patients see how popular, convenient, and affordable contacts are, the more likely they are to try them out.