The Foresight Project Report (published 22 March) aims to provide the sector with a better understanding of where technology, medical development
and demographics are leading in order to help the sector shape and adapt to the challenges and
opportunities over the next 10-15 years.
Exponential growth of digital technology and rapidly evolving demographics mean the expectations and habits of consumers and service providers are changing at pace.
2010-30 projections suggest a 50% rise in people aged 65+ and 100% aged 85+ with the average
cost of providing health services for a person aged 85+ around three times higher than for
those 10 years younger.
NHS expenditure on eye health has doubled with the last 10 years and that trend is set to continue.
As a result, the NHS will commission more community eye care services requiring optometrists to work at the very top of their skillset.
Retail optics will continue to feel the effects of the ever-growing online marketplace for products and also eye-health screening and online and app-based refraction.
The impending fundamental and irreversible changes within the optical sector are many, but so are the opportunities to embrace them.
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