Since 2004, the Online Eyeglasses and Contact Lens Sales industry has benefited from the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act, which has enabled consumers to receive contact lens prescriptions without having to purchase industry products from a particular seller. For example, prescribers that provide eye prescriptions cannot require patients to purchase contact lens, glasses or other industry products at the end of the fitting, enabling online retailers to provide eye products directly to consumers. Nevertheless, the industry has grappled with many brick-and-mortar retailers and optometrists, either refusing to provide measurements or charging consumers for pupillary distance (PD) measurements, which has made it slightly arduous for consumers to purchase industry products from online retailers. Over the next five years, many online retailers will expand their software that enables consumers to virtually try on products or try on frames at home. Furthermore, some online retailers will invest in software that enables consumers to obtain their PD measurements online, rather than have to visit an optometrist, driving demand for online purchases of eyeglasses and contact lens.
This industry sells optical and eyewear goods over the internet. Merchandise is generally purchased from domestic (in some cases international) manufacturers and wholesalers, and it is then sold to the public.
This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.