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Growth in the UK CL market.

THE CONTACT lens market in the UK was worth 234.4m [pounds sterling] in 2012, the ACLM has reported, up 1% compared to 2011 figures.

The statistics, which derive from 12 contributing members of the Association, found that over 606 million contact lens sales occurred in 2012.

Over half of the market's value comprised of daily disposables (59%), while soft frequent replacement lenses made up 35%, traditional soft lenses 1% and rigid lenses 5%.

A total of 3.7 million contact lenses wearers in the UK were identified, which accounts for 9% of adults aged between 15-64 years. Of this total, 1.61 million people wore daily disposables and 1.74 million used frequent replacement lenses, with 1.32 million of frequent replacement lens wearers opting for silicone hydrogels.

Statistics show that the number of contact lens wearers has more than doubled in the UK over the last 10 years, from 1.6 million in 1992, to 2012's 3.713 million figure. However, this is down on last year's 3.772 million.

Despite wearer figures reporting a 2% year-on-year fall, market value has risen from 231,064m [pounds sterling] in 2011 to 234,386m [pounds sterling] in 2012.

In addition, the market value has risen dramatically since 1992, when its worth was reported at 33,373m [pounds sterling].

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Title Annotation:NEWS; contact lens
Publication:Optometry Today
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 3, 2013
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