Similar to the rest of the world, the South African contact lenses and solutions market experienced significant losses in Q1 and Q2 2020, as the spread of the virus resulted in the closure of the majority of optical shops in the country. Consequently, the majority of stores experienced substantial drops in sales as there were few visits to optical shops and limited issuing of prescriptions.
There has been growth in private label contact lenses in South Africa. In this highly fragmented category, companies such as the Contact Lens Lab of South Africa International manufacture customised contact lenses locally.
Continued COVID-19 restrictions, accompanied by prolonged vaccine roll-out to the general population, have resulted in the majority of people working from home and children still being home schooled in 2021. As a result, there has been an increase in the use of computers and other devices which may contribute to increased vision conditions such as myopia.
Growth in demand for contact lenses and solutions is expected to return to pre-COVID-19 levels from 2022-2023 onwards in line with economic recovery and higher consumer disposable incomes. Social distancing regulations are still in place in South African, and, as a result, the majority of people still prefer spectacles over contact lenses for comfort reasons.
New product developments or technologies that continue to cater to varied consumer needs will likely continue driving growth in this industry. For example, Innocon private label producer offers design-customised conventional soft lenses for spherical myopia and hyperopia and astigmatism eye conditions.
The majority of consumers are still working from home, and limited social activity has encouraged high usage of digital devices. Given this, there has been a rise in visual eye conditions caused by blue lights omitted from computers.
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