Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Germans shun laser surgery for specs

Share this article

Germans shun laser surgery for specs
Photo: DPA
10:41 CEST+02:00
Glasses manufacturers are benefiting from an increasingly old and sightless Germany. They are, analysts said on Monday, unexpectedly batting off competition from laser eye surgeons as specs become trendy.

Some 40 million Germans wear glasses – this is every second person. Among the over-60s, 93 percent own a pair of spectacles, while the majority of people over 40 have reading glasses. The average cost of a pair of prescription glasses is €342.

Despite relatively attractive offers from laser eye surgery providers, the number of people buying glasses has not dropped. This could be down to the fact that many people still occasionally require glasses after surgery.

Add to this the rising trend of frame-only "nerd glasses," whose function optician Günther Fielmann described as "an intelligence supplement" in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The boom in eyepieces is not restricted to Germany however. In China too, the glasses industry is flourishing as the population becomes more affluent.

DPA/The Local/kkf

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

Change the world with a master's degree from Sweden's Linköping University

Master's students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren't there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?