GVR Report cover Ophthalmic Knives Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Ophthalmic Knives Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Design (Straight, Crescent, Slit, MVR, Stab), By Product (Reusable, Single-use), By End User (Hospitals, ASCs, Clinics), And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2026

  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-959-3
  • Number of Pages: 200
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2015 - 2017
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global ophthalmic knives market size was estimated at USD 1.6 billion in 2018 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 4.9% by 2026. Increasing application of disposable ophthalmic knives in minimally invasive surgeries for the treatment of diseases such as glaucoma and cataract is majorly driving the growth. Increasing adoption of affordable and disposable knives over reusable knives is creating significant growth opportunities for new market entrants.

North America ophthalmic knives Market size

Introduction of innovative procedures for developing grade 300 and 400 stainless steel and introduction of automation in sharp knife manufacturing processes are some of the factors which can be attributable to affordability and easy availability of ophthalmic knives. These procedures enable a significant reduction in manufacturing cost and thus, the final product price.

North America is witnessing a steep rise in geriatric population prone to various age-related ophthalmic diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, retinopathy, Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), and low vision. AMD is observed to be more common in women than men and the others are affected after 40-50 age. Increasing life expectancy is expected to boost the geriatric population, thus, leading to the prevalence of age-related disorders.

Increasing adoption of minimally invasive surgeries is witnessed on a global scale. Patients are opting for minimally invasive surgeries, such as Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS) since it reduces the out-of-pocket expenditure for patients, total surgery cost, pre, and post-surgical diagnosis and medication, and hospital stay. This factor is anticipated to positively influence the global ophthalmic knife industry in near future.

Design Insights

The straight knives segment is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 4.1% from 2019 to 2026. The straight ophthalmic knife has the benefit of single-handed blade retraction. These possess superior sharpness and are also available in double bevel type. The metal blades in straight knives are disposable, which is driving their popularity over reusable blades owing to advantages such as minimal cross-infection risks and affordability.

The availability of a wide range of designs is expected to increase the applications of ophthalmic knives. Slit knives segment is expected to experience steep growth due to their increasing applications for entry in anterior chamber/phaco stab incision (single bevel) in ophthalmic surgical procedures.

Furthermore, slit ophthalmic knives are light in weight, easy to handle fur physicians, and have blunt tips that offer seamless finishing. They are specially designed to efficiently cut the required width for an intraocular lens.

Product Insights

Disposable ophthalmic knives segment is expected to witness the fastest CAGR during the forecast period owing to increasing adoption over reusable products. Disposable surgical knives help to minimize cross-infection risk. Owing to cost-effectiveness, disposable knives are majorly used in hospitals and larger clinics that order in bulk. Additionally, disposable or single-use ophthalmic knives can be ideally used by beginners and students since they allow them to experience a various wide range of styles, sizes, and shapes and are economic.

Single-use ophthalmic knives significantly minimize the risk of cross-infection. Additionally, minimal risks pertaining to wear and tear of blades are also expected to drive the demand for the product in the near future.

Reusable knives offer great durability since they are manufactured from superior and precision-engineered materials, which also help the physicians to reuse several times. However, factors such as high device price and costly sterilization procedures are some of the factors which are expected to impede segment growth during the forecast period.

End-Users Insights

An increasing number of ophthalmic surgeries, improving healthcare facilities, favorable reimbursement policies are some of the factors driving the growth of the hospital segment at a lucrative pace during the forecast period.

Clinics segment is expected to witness significant CAGR in the forthcoming years due to increasing number of ophthalmologists and optometrists offering individual clinical services. Moreover, growing awareness for eye disorders and the contribution of non-profit organizations including Rotary International is expected to boost the segment growth.

Global ophthalmic knives Market share

The high burden on hospital-acquired infectious diseases is expected to fuel the use of disposable ophthalmic knives in hospitals. Most hospitals in developed countries have central sterile services departments for common sterilization procedures. However, costs incurred in the sterilization of small-sized reusable devices are comparatively higher as than buying disposable devices. In order to minimize the healthcare service, hospitals are opting for disposable devices over reusable.

Regional Insights

North America captured the largest ophthalmic knives market share in 2018. The presence of major market players, favorable reimbursement scenario, and rising trends of disposable knives are some of the factors expected to play an important role in regional market dynamics. The region is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to register a CAGR of around 7.0% during the forecast years. Increasing demand for advanced ophthalmic knives and a significant rise in the number of local market players in countries such as China, India, and South Korea are some of the factors driving regional growth.

Countries such as Thailand, India, and Malaysia are experiencing a steep rise in medical tourism in the recent past. This is due to the increasing presence of healthcare services providers which offer world-class services at affordable costs. In addition, the rising number of a non-profit organization that provides free/affordable healthcare services in rural parts of the region is expected to fuel the demand during the forecast period.

Ophthalmic Knives Market Share Insights

The key market players comprise Alcon, Inc.; Hoya Corporation; Essilor; Topcon Corporation; Hai Laboratories, Inc.; Bausch and Lomb Incorporated; MANI Inc., Seiko Optical Products Co., Ltd.; Nidek Co., Ltd.; Ziemer Group; Alltion; and DGH Technology.

New product launches and geographical expansions are some of the major strategic initiatives taken by key market players. Local players in developing countries offer products at comparatively lower prices. This is expected to fuel the adoption of innovative manufacturing techniques by big players to minimize the product prices.

Ophthalmic Knives Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 1.9 billion

Revenue forecast in 2026

USD 2.4 Billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 4.9% from 2019 to 2026

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2015 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2026

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2019 to 2026

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Segments covered

Design, product, end use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; China; India; Japan; Thailand; South Korea; Mexico; Brazil; Colombia; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE

Key companies profiled

Alcon Vision LLC; Bausch & Lomb Incorporated; BVI; Diamatrix Ltd.; HAI Laboratories, Inc.; MANI INC.; OPHTECHNICS UNLIMITED; PARAMOUNT SURGIMED LTD.; Sidapharm; Surgistar, Inc.; Teleflex Incorporated; UNIQUE TECHNOLOGIES

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2015 to 2026. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global ophthalmic knives market on the basis of product and region:

  • Design Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2026)

    • Straight Knives

    • Crescent Knives

    • Slit Knives

    • MVR Knives

    • Stab Knives

    • Others

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2026)

    • Reusable

    • Single-use

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2026)

    • Hospitals

    • Ambulatory Surgery Centers

    • Clinics

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2026)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • Thailand

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

      • Colombia

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

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