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General Ophthalmic Services activity statistics - England, year ending 31 March 2017

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Date Range:
01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017


General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) provide preventative and corrective eye care for patients meeting certain eligibility criteria. These services are available 'on-demand', largely on the high street.

This report presents summary information about GOS activity in England for the financial year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, and time series from 2007-08 (Annex A and B present additional time series data from 2002-03).

Robust breakdowns of the optical vouchers and vouchers for repairs and replacements by eligibility (e.g. by age band) are not currently available, and are therefore not presented in this release. Full details are provided in the report, and via


  • The number of NHS-funded sight tests carried out in 2016-17 was 13.0 million, an increase of 0.1 per cent from 2015-16. 
  • There were 23,925 NHS-funded sight tests conducted per 100,000 population 
  • The number of NHS optical vouchers reimbursed in 2016-17 was 4.2 million, a decrease of 5.8 per cent from 2015-16 
  • The number of NHS vouchers for repairs or replacements reimbursed in 2016-17 was 585,140, an increase of 7.6 per cent from 2015-16


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