Corrective Lenses Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: National Eye Institute, Glasses Crafter
Research Date: October 9th, 2014

A corrective lens is a lens worn in front of the eye, mainly used to treat myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Glasses or "spectacles" are worn on the face a short distance in front of the eye. Contact lenses are worn directly on the surface of the eye. Intraocular lenses are surgically implanted most commonly after cataract removal, but recently for purely refractive purposes. Myopia (near-sightedness) requires a divergent lens, whereas hyperopia (far-sightedness) requires convergent lens. Corrective lenses are typically prescribed by an ophthalmologist or an optometrist.

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Corrective Lens Use Statistics
Total percentage of Americans that use some form of corrective lens75%
Total amount of Americans that use some form of corrective lens225 million
Percent who wear glasses64 %
Percent who wear contact lenses11 %
Contact Lens Statistics 
Number of people globally who ear contact lenses125 million
Number of Americans who wear contact lenses38 million
Annual worldwide revenue from contact lens sales$6.1 billion
US annual revenue from contact lens sales$2.1 billion
Average age of contact lens wearers31 years
Percent of wearers who are female67 %
Eye Vision Statistics 
Percent of Americans who are near-sighted30 %
Percent of Americans who are far-sighted60 %
Number of Americans age 40 and older who have cataracts22 million
Estimate annual treatment costs for cataracts$6.8 billion
Eye Glasses and Contact Lens Industry Statistics 
Number of eye glasses and contact lens stores in the U.S.7,608
Number of people employed by the corrective lens store industry73,261
Estimate worldwide annual revenue from contact lens sales in 2015$15 billion

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