Perfect vision: A burgeoning elderly population will drive demand for industry services

Despite experiencing intensifying competition from online ophthalmological goods retailers, the Optometrist industry in Canada has exhibited growth over the five years to 2019. Demand for industry services was driven by a burgeoning elderly population, in addition to increased awareness of the importance of eye health. In addition to a changing competitive landscape, industry operators have had to adapt to new a new regulatory environment. However, decreased demand for retail products in optometry offices was balanced by increasing demand from elderly individuals with numerous age-related eye more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry operators have had to adapt to new a new regulatory environment
  • Economic barriers may prevent many Canadians from accessing industry services
  • Costs related to vision loss will put strain on the healthcare system
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Optometrists industry in Canada is characterized by moderate barriers to entry. According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, start-up costs are typically substantial for new industry entrants. For example, new industry entrants will incur equipment costs in addition to costs related to purchasing eyewear inventory, including lenses, frames, contact lenses and lens solutions. Additionally, licensing may pose a barrier to entry. For example, there are only two optometry schools in Canada, which are University of Montreal and University of Waterloo, and may make it arduous for optometrists to form group practices and share fixed operational costs. Fur...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Optometrists Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Optometrists Industry are

  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Use of specialist equipment or facilities
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total health expenditure and Median age of population in the Optometrists industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Optometrists Industry?

    This industry is primarily engaged in the private or group practice of optometry. Optometrists provide eye examinations to determine visual acuity or the presence of vision problems and to prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses and eye exercises. They can also perform services provided by an optician, such as selling and fitting prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses.

    Industry Products
  • Eye exams
  • Medical eye care procedures
  • Contact lenses
  • Prescription eyewear
  • Industry Activities
  • Conducting eye examinations
  • Diagnosing and treating vision impairment and eye disorders
  • Prescribing, fitting and selling glasses and contact lenses
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total health expenditure
  • Median age of population
  • Number of adults aged 65 and older
  • Per capita disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Aging population drives demand
  • Private healthcare spending stabilizing
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Vision loss epidemic
  • Shortage of optometrists
  • External competition
  • Table: Optometrists Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Optometrists Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Health & Medical Insurance in Canada
  • Consumers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Brand-Name Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in Canada
  • Glasses & Contact Lens Manufacturing in Canada
  • Medical Device Manufacturing in Canada
  • Medical Instrument & Supply Manufacturing in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Prescription eyewear
  • Eye exams
  • Medical eye care procedures
  • Contact lenses
  • Other
  • Chart: Optometrists Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Individuals aged 45 to 64
  • Individuals aged 20 to 34
  • Individuals aged 65 and over
  • Individuals aged 35 to 44
  • Individuals aged 19 and younger
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Optometrists Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Optometrists

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Optometrists Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Optometrists Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Optometrists Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Marketing (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)
  • Total Health Expenditure (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Electronic Medical Records (Emr)
  • A software designed for medical practitioners that allows records to be input and stored electronically.
  • Fundus
  • The inside-facing side of the eye that includes the retina, optic disc, macula and fovea, and posterior pole.
  • Ophthalmologist
  • A medical doctor that specializes in eyes and eye-related disorders that also, unlike optometrists, performs surgery.
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