The retail opticians market has seen the entrance of a growing
number of suppliers in recent years. As well as traditional
optician practices, there has been growth and consolidation among
the chains and the arrival of competition from supermarket chains
and online operators.
Spending on eye care had been adversely affected by the economic
downturn, with consumers delaying tests and reducing expenditure on
eyewear. Suppliers have responded with additional promotions and
This report looks at the background and attitudes of UK
consumers in the spectacles, contact lenses, sunglasses and eye
test market. It examines purchasing habits, buying choices and
attitudes, as well as market trends and the major players in the
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