Conjunctivitis Treatment Market Insights & Forecast 2024-2032
Conjunctivitis Treatment Market Size, Insights, Trends, 2024-2032

Conjunctivitis Treatment Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Drug Class; By Disease Type; By Route of Administration (Topical, Oral); By Formulation Type; By Distribution Channel; By Region; Segment Forecast, 2024 - 2032

  • Published Date:Feb-2024
  • Pages: 117
  • Format: PDF
  • Report ID: PM4610
  • Base Year: 2023
  • Historical Data: 2019 – 2022

Report Outlook

Global conjunctivitis treatment market size was valued at USD 4.18 billion in 2023. The market is anticipated to grow from USD 4.32 billion in 2024 to USD 5.83 billion by 2032, exhibiting the CAGR of 3.8% during the forecast period.

Market Overview

An increasing number of patients suffering from eye-related diseases such as conjunctivitis is one of the major factors fueling the conjunctivitis treatment market expansion. Moreover, the growing awareness related to eye diseases and the increasing inclination of people towards seeking medical treatment for conjunctivitis is expected to boost the conjuctivitis treatment market growth during the forecast timeframe.

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Conjunctivitis Treatment Market Size

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The growing number of research & development (R&D) activities for the launch of more effective treatment, coupled with the advent of technological advancements in the field of ophthalmology treatment, are expected to drive the conjunctivitis treatment market expansion in the upcoming years. Moreover, increasing healthcare spending and rising incidence of ocular allergies worldwide will prove beneficial for the market growth during the forecast period.

The research study provides a comprehensive analysis of the industry, assessing the market on the basis of various segments and sub-segments. It sheds light on the competitive landscape and introduces Conjunctivitis Treatment Market key players from the perspective of market share, concentration ratio, etc. The study is a vital resource for understanding the growth drivers, opportunities, and challenges in the industry.

However, the side effects associated with the use of medications for conjunctivitis are expected to hamper the market growth during the forecast period. Moreover, product recalls and stringent regulatory requirements are also some of the factors limiting the conjunctivitis treatment market expansion. Furthermore, the lack of accessible and affordable effective therapy coupled with the expiration of many companies’ patents is expected to impact the demand for conjunctivitis treatment negatively.

Growth Factors

Growing prevalence of conjunctivitis is expected to boost the market growth in the coming years

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva caused by allergies or infections. This disease can spread through sharing of clothes, direct contact of hands with eyes, and sharing of eye cosmetics or personal care items. An increasing prevalence of conjunctivitis worldwide is one of the major factors contributing to the growth of the conjunctivitis treatment market.

For instance, as per the news article published by The Economic Times in August 2023, in India, there has been a concerning 10-15% rise in conjunctivitis cases over the past few years. Moreover, a large group of the population suffering from ocular allergies will also prove beneficial for the expansion of the conjunctivitis treatment market in the upcoming years.    

Rising research & development (R&D) activities to improve the treatment drives the market growth

The significant rise in the number of conjunctivitis cases over the past few years has increased the number of R&D activities. The developments in novel drug delivery, coupled with the increased focus of companies to find more promising drugs for the treatment of conjunctivitis, contribute to the market growth. Moreover, an increasing number of approvals for the drugs and the rising introduction of ophthalmic drops for conjunctivitis are expected to provide long-term opportunities for market expansion.

For instance, in December 2023, Lupin Limited announced that its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Loteprednol Etabonate ophthalmic suspension, 0.2 percent, received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA). This drug, which treats allergic conjunctivitis, will strengthen the market growth in the coming years.

Restraining Factors

Side effects related to the conjunctivitis treatment is expected to restrain the market growth

The serious adverse effects of the treatment available for conjunctivitis are expected to hamper the conjunctivitis treatment market growth. For instance, patients can experience mild burning, blurred vision, and increased dryness of the eyes using topical medications such as eye drops. Moreover, allergic reactions owing to the sensitivity to the active ingredients in the eye drops are also one of the potential side effects of the eye drops.

An increasing incidence of side effects associated with the treatment is expected to hamper the market growth in the upcoming years. For instance, according to the data provided by the National Health Service (NHS) UK, the side effects of chloramphenicol (a medication for treating bacterial conjunctivitis) are prevalent and affect more than one in every 100 people.

Report Segmentation

The market is primarily segmented based on drug class, disease type, route of administration, formulation type, distribution channel, and region.

By Drug Class

By Disease Type

By Route of Administration

By Formulation Type

By Distribution Channel

By Region

  • Antibiotics
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-allergic
  • Artificial Tears
  • Others
  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis
  • Viral Conjunctivitis
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Topical
  • Oral
  • Tablets & Capsules
  • Drops
  • Others
  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Online Pharmacies
  • Retail Pharmacies & Drug Stores
  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Europe (France, Germany, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia)
  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, South Korea)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina)
  • Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, South Africa)

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By Drug Class Insights

Anti-allergic segment held the largest market share in 2023

The anti-allergic segment generated the largest conjunctivitis treatment market revenue in 2023. This is attributed to the rising incidence of ocular allergies. Moreover, factors such as the growing burden of allergic conjunctivitis and strategic initiatives adopted by the companies to strengthen their portfolio are expected to contribute to the segmental growth. For instance, in July 2023, Harrow signed an agreement with Santen Pharmaceutical to acquire several U.S. and Canadian commercial rights for the branded products, including ZERVIATE, which is used for the treatment of ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis.

By Route of Administration Insights

The topical segment generated the largest revenue in conjunctivitis treatment market

The topical segment accounted for the largest market share in 2023. The large share is majorly attributed to the growing adoption and availability of eye drops and ointments across the globe. Moreover, the ability of topical medications to deliver high levels of the drug directly to the site of infection leads to an enhancement in the antibiotic action of the drug. Furthermore, the high effectiveness of topical treatment to shorten the duration of the disease and prevent the spread of infection also makes it the first-line therapy for most cases of conjunctivitis. Thus, an increasing preference for topical treatment owing to its various advantages is expected to fuel segmental growth during the conjunctivitis treatment market forecast timeframe.  

By Formulation Type Insights

The tablets & capsules segment is expected to register the significant CAGR in the projected years

Based on formulation type, the tablets & capsules segment is anticipated to witness significant growth in the conjunctivitis treatment market. Factors such as the easy consumption and increasing prescriptions of tablets & capsules for the treatment of conjunctivitis are expected to foster segmental growth in the coming years. Moreover, the small and medium-sized local companies are focusing on the launch of tablets & capsules, which will ultimately strengthen the segmental growth. For instance, in March 2021, Vivimed Labs received approval for the Bilastin tablets to treat allergic rhinoconjunctivitis.  

By Distribution Channel Insights

The hospital pharmacies segment held a dominant share of the market

The hospitals pharmacies captured the largest market share in 2023. An increasing number of patients visiting hospitals for regular eye checkups and the rising incidence of conjunctivitis are some of the primary factors responsible for segmental growth. Moreover, hospital pharmacies facilitate a collaborative environment between patients and caregivers, which is expected to support the segment’s expansion.  

Regional Insights

North America captured the dominant share of the conjunctivitis treatment market

North America emerged as the largest market in 2023 and is likely to hold its dominance over the conjunctivitis treatment market forecast period. The significant share of this region is owing to factors such as the presence of a large patient pool suffering from conjunctivitis and the rising emphasis of industry players on the development and launch of new products for the treatment of this disease.

For instance, in July 2023, Harrow announced the completion of the New Drug Application (NDA) transfer process for VIGAMOX (moxifloxacin hydrochloride ophthalmic solution) 0.5%. This process led to the commercial availability of VIGAMOX in the U.S. Furthermore, technological advancements, strong healthcare expenditure, and rising incidence of allergic conjunctivitis in the U.S. will significantly fuel the market growth during the forecast period.  

Asia Pacific conjunctivitis treatment market is expected to register the highest CAGR in the projected years

Asia Pacific is anticipated to expand at the highest CAGR during the forecast timeframe. Growing awareness related to the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, coupled with the increasing cases of viral conjunctivitis caused by adenovirus, are expected to drive market growth in this region.

Moreover, highly populated countries such as India and China are expected to become significant contributors to the market revenue as most of the companies are undertaking various strategies to focus on these countries. For instance, in April 2023, NicOx SA declared that Ocumension Therapeutics, its exclusive Chinese partner, has filed a new drug application seeking permission to commercialize Zerviate (cetirizine ophthalmic solution) 0.24% in China. This solution is used for the treatment of ocular itching linked with allergic conjunctivitis.

Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

The companies with strong product portfolio are expected to drive the competition

In terms of competition, the market is moderately consolidated. The significant share of this companies is owing to the presence of strong product portfolio and high popularity of the companies’ products among healthcare professionals. Moreover, the emergence of other local players is expected to increase the competition in the upcoming years.

Some of the major players operating in the global market include:

  • Abbvie Inc (U.S.)
  • AFT Pharmaceuticals (New Zealand)
  • Alembic Pharmaceuticals (India)
  • Bausch Health Companies Inc. (Canada)
  • Harrow (U.S.)
  • NicOx SA (France)
  • Novartis (Switzerland)
  • Pfizer Inc. (U.S.)
  • Spectra Vision Care (India)
  • Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (India)
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Israel)

Recent Developments in the Industry

  • In November 2023, AbbVie & Aldeyra Therapeutics announced to acquire a co-exclusive license to develop, manufacture, & commercialize reproxalap in the United States.

Report Coverage

The conjunctivitis treatment market report emphasizes on key regions across the globe to provide better understanding of the product to the users. Also, the report provides market insights into recent developments, trends and analyzes the technologies that are gaining traction around the globe. Furthermore, the report covers in-depth qualitative analysis pertaining to various paradigm shifts associated with the transformation of these solutions.

The report provides detailed analysis of the market while focusing on various key aspects such as competitive analysis, drug class, disease type, route of administration, formulation type, and distribution channel, and their futuristic growth opportunities.

Conjunctivitis Treatment Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market size value in 2024

USD 4.32 billion

Revenue forecast in 2032

USD 5.83 billion


3.8% from 2024 – 2032

Base year


Historical data

2019 – 2022

Forecast period

2024 – 2032

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2024 to 2032

Segments covered

  • By Drug Class
  • By Disease Type
  • By Route of Administration
  • By Formulation Type
  • By Distribution Channel
  • By Region

Regional scope

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

Competitive Landscape

  • Conjunctivitis Treatment Market Share Analysis (2023)
  • Company Profiles/Industry participants profiling includes company overview, financial information, product/service benchmarking, and recent developments

Report Format

  • PDF + Excel


Report customization as per your requirements with respect to countries, region and segmentation.

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The global conjunctivitis treatment market size is expected to reach USD 5.83 billion by 2032

Key players in the market are Abbvie Inc, Novartis, Bausch Health Companies Inc., Harrow, NicOx SA, Alembic Pharmaceuticals

North America contribute notably towards the global Conjunctivitis Treatment Market

Conjunctivitis treatment market exhibiting the CAGR of 3.8% during the forecast period.

The Conjunctivitis Treatment Market report covering key segments are drug class, disease type, route of administration, formulation type, distribution channel, and region.