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Publication, Part of

General Ophthalmic Services, Activity Statistics, England - 2012-13

Publication Date:
Date Range:
01 Apr 2012 to 31 Mar 2013


** 27th August 2014

It was identified that in the 2013 General Ophthalmic Services, Activity Statistics for England publication one figure in table 1.5 and nine figures in table 2.2 were incorrectly calculated. These have been updated in the 2014 publication **

Please note, annexes C and D have been updated as of 30 July 2013. In annex D, Errors were identified for sight tests per 100k population figures, which affected Solihull PCT and all PCTs in the North East SHA. In annex C, similar errors were identified for Sight Tests per 100k population data, with additional errors present in Repairs per 100k population data, which affected a number of SHAs.

These errors were caused by organisational code changes and the late submission of data impacting on the data processing routines. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these errors.

National data published in the report are not affected by these errors. 

This bulletin presents the key findings from the General Ophthalmic (GOS) data collection. The objective of GOS, through community opticians' practices, is to provide preventative and corrective eye care for children, people aged 60 and over, people on low incomes and those suffering from, or pre-disposed to, eye disease. This report presents summary information about GOS activity in England for the financial year 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013 and a time series from 2002-03.


  • NHS sight tests in England rose slightly (0.3 per cent) during 2012-13 to 12.3 million, with 23 thousand sight tests carried out per 100,000 population.
  • 4.6 million NHS optical vouchers were processed in England during 2012-13, a rise of 20 thousand (0.4 per cent) from 2011-12.
  • The maximum potential expenditure on NHS optical vouchers was estimated to be £192 million.
  • The number of NHS vouchers for repair or replacement was 457 thousand, a year on year rise of 22 thousand (5.0 per cent).


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