Fairfield Market Research Adaptive Optics Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends Report, 2030

Adaptive Optics Market

Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2023-2030 - By Product, Technology, Grade, Application, End-user, Region: (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East and Africa)

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Adaptive Optics Market: Overview

The size of the global market for adaptive optics was estimated at USD 452.5 million in 2021 and is anticipated to increase at a CAGR of 25.3%. Adaptive Optics (AO) is quickly increasing in demand as an option for improving the performance of optical systems. Optical devices have inaccurate measurements and images with aberrations in light waves. Adaptive optics aids in eliminating these errors, improving the effectiveness of the optical instruments. The market is anticipated to develop due to the increasing frequency of retinal degeneration illnesses. Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) are the most prevalent retinal degenerative diseases worldwide. By the end of 2020, there will likely be 196.0 million AMD sufferers, and by the end of 2040, there will likely be 288.0 million. Patients with RP can observe the interruptions in their cone mosaic with an adaptive optics fundus camera. It is anticipated that early-stage clinical imaging of AMD and RP will be improved by high-resolution phenotyping using adaptive optics imaging and molecular genetic analysis.

With the use of precision magnetic actuators, advanced deformable mirrors are being created to accurately regulate the incident wavefront by reshaping a reflecting membrane. Creating these deformable mirrors is anticipated to simplify, lower costs, and increase the acceptance of AO-OCT for various clinical applications. Therefore, it is anticipated that the market will be driven by the development of improved adaptive optics devices and the expanding efforts of vision scientists, ophthalmologists, and entrepreneurs in its creation and research.

The benefits of optical instruments, such as simplicity of use, affordability, downsizing, and portability, are driving up demand for adaptive optics across various industries. For instance, one of the most well-known uses of adaptive optics is the U.S. Air Force Boeing Airborne Laser (ABL). The Redondo Beach, California-based Northrop Grumman Space Technology group is responsible for developing this laser. It is intended to locate enemy ballistic missiles during the boost phase and destroy them while they are in flight using a high-energy chemical oxygen iodine laser beam mounted on a modified 747 jumbo airplane.

Adaptive Optics Market: COVID-19 Impact

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic is an unparalleled public health emergency. So far, it has hurt practically all industries. Some people's impacts are long-lasting, hindering their ability to build their industries during and after the pandemic. Numerous research is being conducted to understand the current state of the adaptive optics business and the future directions that should be pursued. Since the pandemic-imposed lockdown, most industries have had low levels of production and demand. However, there has been a significant increase in demand for adaptive optics services from the healthcare industry. The other production and manufacturing sectors are embracing the concept of establishing and expanding product lines through partnerships. Demand generation through product innovation and differentiation is currently a necessity.

Adaptive Optics Market: Drivers

Increasing Number of Diseases Causing Retinal Degeneration to Propel Market’s Growth

A tissue that is only accessible to humans is the retina. It is made up of numerous millions of nerve cells, including rods and cones that are sensitive to light. Some retinal illnesses can currently be treated to halt or slow the disease and maintain, enhance, or restore eyesight. Clinicians can see the living retina well thanks to devices like spectral domain optical coherence tomography and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy. Although the anterior optics of the eye allow for such non-invasive vision of the retina and accompanying pathologies, the same optics also cause substantial aberrations that, in most cases, preclude cellular-resolution imaging. 

Active optical components are used in adaptive optics (AO) imaging systems to correct imperfections in the optical path between the object and the camera. AO enables the direct observation of individual rod and cone photoreceptor cells, retinal pigment epithelium cells, and white blood cells when used on the human eye. Scientists and ophthalmologists now perceive the retina differently thanks to AO imaging, which has improved our comprehension of its structure, function, and causes of different retinal disorders. Thus, it is anticipated that such advancements in medical applications will foster market expansion.

Market is Anticipated to Grow due to Increased Investment in Field of R&D for Integrating Adaptive Optics

Demand on the market has risen recently due to the use of adaptive optics to reduce optical distortions in medical fields like ophthalmology and retinal imaging. With the growing demand for adaptive optics, various businesses, including Iris AO Inc., provide their AO systems specifically for ophthalmology and retinal imaging. For instance, the U.S. National Institutes of Health use Iris AO DMs for retinal imaging. With the numerous uses that AO finds in various fields, businesses have invested heavily in R&D to create better and more inventive goods.

Adaptive Optics Market: Restraints

High Initial Costs of Adaptive Systems to Restrict Market’s Growth

The science of adaptive optics is developing and has been useful in several lab and field tests. Imaging through the atmosphere for satellite monitoring and astronomy is its main use. However, this technique is only available in well-funded research facilities because of the high expense of conventional wavefront-correction equipment. These devices use pricey deformable mirrors with several piezo-actuated components that cost up to $2000 each. Therefore, during the projected period, the market's expansion will be constrained by adaptive systems' high initial cost.

Adaptive Optics Market: Segment Overview

Wavefront Sensors to Dominate Market due to Its Improved Accuracy

The wavefront sensors market contributed a sizeable portion of revenue. One of the main elements propelling the rise of this segment's revenue is the availability of direct measurements of optical wavefront phase and intensity. The Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensor (SHWFS), which combines a 2D detector with a lenslet array to measure the distortion of aberrated wavefront emanating from the eye, is one of the most popular types of wavefront sensor. This sector's growth is also fueled by the increased use of advanced optics in optical metrology and laser diagnostics. Numerous applications in research and industry are made possible by the availability of nanometric accuracy with thousands of waves of dynamic range and linearity of about 99.9% when combined with intrinsic device properties like speed, vibration, and achromaticity.

With Increased Investment and Research, Military and Defense Sector to Dominate Market

Some key drivers propelling this segment's revenue growth include developing cutting-edge military weaponry and guidance systems and rapid technical breakthroughs. With their ability to provide accurate and clear images, adaptive optics are in high demand in the military industry for surveillance and biometric systems. The first operational sensor composite Military Utility Vehicle (MUV) was created on June 16, 2022, by HENSOLDT, a provider of sensor solutions, and Iveco Defence Vehicles (IDV), an Italian automaker. It was displayed at EUROSATORY 2022 in Paris. MUVs are utilized for reconnaissance, surveillance, convoy protection, and self-defense in both the military and civilian sectors. The MUV idea uses an all-terrain 7-ton IDV chassis with a maximum payload of 4 tonnes.

Adaptive Optics Market: Regional Landscape

North America to Acquire Major Market Share due to Increased Spending on Military Research

In 2021, North America's market accounted for the greatest revenue share due to the region's quick adoption of cutting-edge technology in the biomedical industry. The market's revenue growth is driven by increased research and development efforts for adaptive optics at various research organizations and centers. One of the key drivers of market expansion in this region is the growing military use of adaptive optics for monitoring, surveillance, and security applications. Adaptive optics are used by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to follow small, moveable satellites and to detect and take pictures of space-based objects. The U.S. Air Force AFWERX program awarded Space Micro, a subsidiary of Voyager Space, a contract on January 28, 2022, for developing an air-to-space laser communications system. The business is working with Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Rhea Space Activity (RSA) to develop an adaptive optics technology that will enable unobstructed laser signal transmission across turbulence.

Throughout the forecast period, the market in Europe is anticipated to increase significantly. Market expansion in Europe is anticipated to be fueled by the gradual adoption and development of adaptive optics devices for use in the biomedical industry. A French startup, Imagine Eyes, has developed the adaptive optics retinal camera, rtx1, for more accurate retinal examination. The company's product is frequently employed for research. Professors and scientists employed RTX 1 in July 2020 to comprehend how cardiometabolic disorders affect the retina. The RTX 1 AO retinal camera was used in a recent Clinical Research in Cardiology study to analyze the retinas of 429 participants with various cardiometabolic issues.

Global Adaptive Optics Market: Competitive Landscape

In February 2022, a worldwide team of astronomers utilizing the International Gemini Observatory, a program of the National Science Foundation's NOIRLab, got crystal-clear photos of two dancing stellar jets from nearby developing stars. The astronomers employed an adaptive optics method to eliminate distortion. Gemini South Adaptive Optics Imager, an instrument on the Gemini South telescope, captured the images. To reduce distortion and blurring caused by atmospheric turbulence, the imaging system is designed to interact with the Gemini Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics System. In January 2020, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) newest AO-based Telescope, the Inouye Solar 4-meter Telescope, captured the first image that employed adaptive optics to compensate for the blurring effect caused by Earth's atmosphere.

Few of the players in the Adaptive Optics Market include Teledyne e2v (UK) LTD, Northrop Grumman Corporation (US), Thorlabs, Inc. (US), Iris AO, Inc. (US), Adaptica S.r.l. (Italy), Flexible Optical B.V. (Netherlands), Active Optical Systems, LLC (US), Boston Micromachines Corporation (US), Imagine Optic SA (France), and Phasics Corp. (France).

Regional Classification of the Global Adaptive Optics Market is Described Below:

North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada


  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • U.K.
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • Southeast Asia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Rest of Latin America

Middle East and Africa

  • GCC
  • South Africa
  • Rest of Middle East and Africa

*Regions and countries are subject to change based on data availability

Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Adaptive Optics Market

  • Adaptive Optics Market by Product/Technology/Grade, Application/End-user, and Region
  • Executive Summary (Opportunity Analysis and Key Trends)
  • Historical Market Size and Estimates, Value, 2018 - 2022
  • Market Value at Regional and Country Level, 2023 - 2030
  • Market Dynamics and Economic Overview
  • Market Size in Value, Growth Rates, and Forecast Figures, 2023 - 2030
  • Competitive Intelligence with Financials, Key Developments, and Portfolio of Leading Companies 
  • Regional and Product/Grade/Application/End-user Price Trends Analysis
  • Value Chain and Five Force’s Analysis
  • Regional/Sub-region/Country Market Size and Trend Analysis
  • Company Market Share Analysis and Key Player Profiles

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