Operators in the Opticians industry sell and fit frames and prescription lenses, contact lenses and other eyewear accessories, and also provide eye tests for consumers. The industry struggled over the past five years as consumer demand weakened due to the effects of the recession on disposable income. The emergence of new competition in the form of supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda has placed growing pressure on the already saturated market for corrective lenses. The ‘special offer' culture in which operators and competitors alike discount heavily in order to attract customers has become standard on the high street, placing enormous pressure on profit margins.
Operators in this industry sell and fit prescription lenses, frames, contact lenses and other eyewear accessories from specialised stores. Opticians are trained to fit frames for customers and some also provide eye examinations. The industry excludes online retailers and in-store opticians in supermarkets.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.