With technological advancement the material and designs of the contact lens has enhanced, with flexibility and choices. Extended wear contacts are lens that can be worn continuously for a week up to a month. Extended wear contact lens are usually soft contact lens made of flexible plastics, which allow oxygen to pass through cornea. Extended wear contact lens are made with the silicone hydrogel materials that significantly allow oxygen to pass through the lens, which decrease the risk of hypoxia making cornea susceptible to infection and inflammation.
All the extended wear contact lens are disposable that are discarded after wearing it for one or two weeks. However, the risk of eye infection remains high when the lenses are worn during the night. People with binocular vision abnormalities such as amblyopia benefits from the extended wear contact lens. Recent advancements in extended wear contact is the development of extended wear gas permeable lens. Extended wear gas permeable lens reduces the risk of accumulation of dirt and space between the eye and surface of lens. According to CDC, in 2016, approximately 41 million Americans wore contact lenses and over 90% of adults wore soft lenses.
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Extended wear contact lens requires regular monitoring and professional care and increases the risk of complications. However, the extended wear contact lens require little or no cleaning but certain precaution have to be taken such as avoid dusty rooms, smoke and keeping water away from the eyes. The FDA has approved 30-day continuous wear to the extended wear contact lens for PureVision by Bausch & Lomb and Focus Night and Day by Ciba Vision.
Extended Wear Contact Lens: Market Dynamics
Increasing vision problems in younger population along with the graying population are the major factors that drive the market of extended wear contact lens market globally. People are avoiding using spectacles and shifting towards the use of contact lens in the recent years, which is expected to propel the growth of extended wear contact lens market. Risk associated with the use of contact lens such as infection and corneal ulcers and vision completion are some of the factors that hinder the growth of the extended wear contact lens market.
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Extended Wear Contact Lens: Segmentation
The global extended wear contact lens market is segmented on basis of product type, end users and geography.
- Segmentation by Product Type
- Segmentation by End Users
- Hospitals pharmacies
- Specialty Clinics
- Retail Shops
- Drug Stores
- Segmentation by Geography
- North America
- Latin America
- Asia-Pacific Excluding China
- Middle East & Africa
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Extended Wear Contact Lens: Key Players
Examples of some of the key players present in the global extended wear contact lens market are CooperVision, Novartis, Bausch & Lomb, Heffington’s Eye Care, Alcon, and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc, among others.
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