Last year the market value of soft contact lenses at industry to eye care professional level grew by 5.7% to €1.79bn.

According to the EUROMCONTACT 2017 market data report, the CL market for 11 countries that make up almost 80% of the total data collected grew by 4.3% to €1.43bn.

Out of those 11 countries, the UK and Ireland had the greatest CL market value at roughly €340m or £298m. Italy had the second biggest market at about €220 million.

Silicone Hydrogels now constitute more than 80% of the market share in weekly, bi-weekly and monthly CL in the 33 countries assessed, as well as more than 70% (except Italy) in the 11 countries reported above.

The full report is available on the EUROMCONTACT website: