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The ophthalmology market - France

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1.1 Definition and scope of the study

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine, the object of which is the study of the eye and its components from an anatomical, physiological and pathological point of view.

In France, like all medical disciplines, ophthalmology is a highly regulated profession. The main challenge for this profession is the ageing of specialists, which could reduce their number by 20% by 2030. At the same time, the French population's need for ophthalmic care is increasing as a result of an ageing population and a lifestyle which can conduct to the development of vision disorders (myopia, etc.).

Specialists, who were already working with opticians, are forced to delegate some of their tasks to orthoptists, who are becoming important players in the sector. This diversification could not be insufficient to meet the current and future needs of the French people.

However, the sector remains attractive for manufacturers of ophthalmic devices and instruments since the State continues to subsidize innovations that improve treatments for chronic diseases (AMD, etc.), while trying to limit Social Security expenses (which is reflected in the development of telemedicine, particularly for ophthalmologists, for whom the delay in making an appointment is the longest of any specialist).

1.2 A favourable environment for global market growth

An estimated *.* billion people worldwide suffer from vision disorders and diseases, including *.* billion people with presbyopia, a vision disorder that develops with age. [***]

However, the prevalence of moderate and severe impairments and blindness has decreased between the early ****s and ****, from *.**% of the population to only *.*%.

    Number of People Affected ...

1.3 A growing ophthalmology market

In France, the expenses related to visual care are particularly high, even though helped by a health system that reimburses part of the expenses (***). [***]

In ****, spending on vision care in France represented a total of nearly * billion euros, three-quarters of which was accounted for by medical optics (***) is mainly linked to ...

1.4 Dynamic international trade

Trade with France in ophthalmic instruments and devices is very dynamic, with imports which have grown by **% and exports by **% between **** and ****. [***]

Imports of equipment, however, remain more important than exports, with a coverage rate (***) of only **.*% in ****.

  Imports and Exports of Ophthalmological Devices and Instruments France, ****-****, in millions ...


2.1 Ophthalmic care expenditure in France

During the years **** - ****, French spending on healthcare and medical goods consumption has risen sharply, by about *.*% on average each year, i.e. faster than GDP. In ****, ***.* billion euros were spent on the CSBM, (***) a figure that rose to ***.* billion euros in ****. [***]

    Evolution of the Consumption of Healthcare and Medical ...

2.2 The needs of the French in ophthalmology

A distinction must be made between vision disorders and vision pathologies. The disorders can be corrected by optical or other systems (***). Pathologies can be treated, which allows to slow down the progression of the disease, without completely curing it. [***]

Source: ****

There is a clear correlation between the age of the patients ...

2.3 The aging of the French population

In ****, France had about ** million inhabitants. A major characteristic of the French population is its continuous aging trend which has been going on for several years now. In ****, the share of people over the age of ** represented **.*% of the total population - up from **.*% in ****. [***]

This ageing, observed in most Western ...


3.1Ophthalmology: a concentrated market

The main players in the ophthalmology market are ophthalmologists, but they are supported in their work by orthoptists and opticians, each of whom has a specific task. [***]

Ophthalmologists are medical specialists who are expected to analyze, prescribe and treat patients' eye disorders and diseases; Orthoptists are medical auxiliaries who have received ...

3.2 Difficulties in making appointments

The low number of specialists in ophthalmology (***) is a particularly prevalent trend in thhis profession. The average waiting time for appointments is ** days, compared to ** days for dermatology and ** days for cardiology. [***]

This situation encourages professionals in the sector to charge more than they should, and degrades patient care.

    Waiting ...

3.3 Few equipment manufacturers

The manufacture of ophthalmic devices and instruments is carried out by a small number of companies, given the high level of investment in research and development required for their development.

Thus, only ** companies market ** models of corneal topographers and only * companies market ** models of retinoscopes.

    Number of Manufacturers of selected ...


4.1 The work of ophthalmologists

The role of ophthalmologists can be divided into * categories:

Prevention and screening Surgery Diagnosis and treatment

Within the framework of prevention and screening, ophthalmologists are responsible for preventing the various disorders or pathologies that patients may suffer from (***) after diagnosing and treating sight defects, glaucoma, etc.

Source: ****

Generally, ophthalmology examinations begin ...

4.2 High costs in the sector

Without exceeding fees, the basic rates for ophthalmologists' consultations are between ** € and ** € depending on the sector of the specialist. However, many ophthalmologists charge extra fees. [***]

From the point of view of ophthalmic specialists, the main costs concern equipment, which is generally very expensive, given the significant investments made by manufacturers and ...

4.3 Advances in ophthalmic instruments

Since the beginning of the ****s, many advances have been made in the treatment of vision pathologies. The development of microsurgery, intraocular implants, new molecules to fight AMD and the development of new lasers have allowed us to make progress in care. [***]

The main advances today concern refractive surgery, with the ...


5.1 Health reforms concerning ophthalmologists

On July **, ****, the HPST law was promulgated, which defined a new health organization, aiming to offer good quality care, accessible to all. Ophthalmologists were impacted by this reform in that it proposed to delegate some of the tasks of the profession to orthoptists, refraction for example, always under the control of ...


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