Optometry Practices


The 19,600 optometry practices in the US are the main providers of vision care. Nearly 60% of optometrist revenue comes from fees for patient care, which includes exams and treatment for problems. The sale of eyeglasses and contact lenses, known as “dispensing revenue,” accounts for about 40% of overall revenue. There are about 39,400 optometrists in the US – around 58% of them work in private optometry practices.

Competition From Retail Chains

Independent optometry practices face competition from large retail optical chains, as well as mass merchandisers offering optical services.

Staffing Shortage Persists

Demand for optometrists and optometric techs is expected to exceed the available supply in the coming years.