In an interview with Vision Monday, David Endicott, CEO of Alcon, said that the market for contact lenses had grown by 9 percent in the U.S. in last year’s fourth quarter while the European and Asia-Pacific markets were still declining by 6 percent and more than 10 percent, respectively. However, he expects the international vision care market to come back to pre-Covid levels in the second half of this year. Regarding the U.S., Endicott also highlighted that independent practices were slower to return to a normal level of business than the rest of the market, with many of them remaining under pressure.