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US Eye-Health Supplements Market Set To Grow Over 5% A Year To 2015

February 1, 2010: 06:24 AM EST
Research by Frost & Sullivan suggests the US eye-health market is set to grow 5.3% a year to reach nearly $200 million by 2015. A trend of moving from cure to prevention combined with growing numbers of aging Americans is driving the market. The National Eye Institute estimates blindness or low vision affects about 3.3 million Americans 40 or older, but this will reach 5.5 million by 2020. Eye-health ingredients are believed to help guard against some of the most common eye diseases, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy that mainly affect older people. Primary eye-health ingredients that stand to benefit include lutein, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, bilberry extract and astaxanthin. Lutein is the most firmly established eye-health supplement and its price is expected to fall as new technologies allow cheaper production, helping boost a market that Frost & Sullivan sees as largely ‘untapped’.
Joysa Winter, "US eye-health ingredients market gaining 5% a year", Functional Ingredients, February 01, 2010, via Functional Ingredients, © Penton Media, Inc.
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