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National Statistics
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General Ophthalmic Services, Activity Statistics for England - 2013-14

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01 Apr 2013 to 31 Mar 2014


October 2014

The previous version of this publication contained incorrect data for the following Area Teams:
Q44 - Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral AT
Q53 - Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire AT
Q54 - Birmingham and the Black Country AT
Q60 - Shropshire and Staffordshire AT

All other Area Teams data were correct. As a result, certain England totals (by eligibility/voucher type) were also incorrect. We have now updated all information. All changes are highlighted in the data tables annex.

This yearly report 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 2013 to 31 March 2014 and a time series from 2004-05 (Annex A presents a time series back to 2003-04).


  • NHS sight tests rose by approximately 448,000, which represents a 3.6 per cent increase; the largest seen since 2009-10. There were about 24,000 sight tests per 100,000 population.
  • The number of NHS optical vouchers increased 2.2 per cent (approx. 100,000) from 2012-13 to 2013-14, with approximately 9,000 processed per 100,000 population.
  • The maximum potential expenditure from NHS optical vouchers is approximately £199 million.
  • There were approximately 495,000 vouchers for repairs and replacements reimbursed during 2013-14.


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