UK Optical Goods Retailing market report
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Covered in this report
This report covers core goods and services sold through opticians including:
- Eye tests
- Prescription sunglasses
- Contact lenses (including aftercare)
- Contact lens solutions through opticians, chemists and other outlets
- Spectacle frames and lenses (we use the terms glasses and spectacles interchangeably)
The report also looks at the market for non-prescription sunglasses including those sold by outlets other than opticians. For the purposes of this report, retail opticians’ shops and optical practices refer to shops staffed by qualified opticians. There are three types of practitioner:
Optometrists or Ophthalmic Opticians (often abbreviated to OOs) are registered with the General Optical Council and specialise in sight testing and the prescribing and dispensing of spectacles and optical appliances. They are trained to recognise eye diseases and abnormalities which may require further medical intervention.
Ophthalmic Medical Practitioners (OMPs) are fully qualified doctors with a speciality in eyes and eyecare. They are registered with the General Medical Council and can test sight and prescribe spectacles and other appliances. They are also trained in the detection and treatment of eye diseases and abnormalities.
Dispensing Opticians (DOs) are qualified to dispense, fit and supply spectacles, but they require an additional certificate to fit contact lenses. Dispensing opticians with additional qualifications can become contact lens opticians. Contact lenses may also be fitted by qualified OMPs and optometrists.
Expert analysis from a specialist in the field
Written by Jane Westgarth, a leading analyst in the Retail sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
The takeover of Tesco Opticians by Vision Express at the end of 2017 marks a major change, injecting a ‘big 3’ opticians’ brand into more than 200 supermarket sites. In 2019 Asda’s own opticians’ operation is likely to gain from the proposed merger of Asda with Sainsbury’s creating stiff competition for opticians outlets in conventional shopping locations.
Senior Retail Analyst
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