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This report provides details of the workforce providing General Ophthalmic Services via high-street opticians. These services include 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.
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As at 31 December 2019:
In England there were 14,280 ophthalmic practitioners. This is an increase of 594 (4.3 per cent) since 2018 and means there were 25.5 practitioners per 100,000 population. This compares to 2009 when there were 19.2 practitioners per 100,000 population.
In Wales there were 875 ophthalmic practitioners, the same number as in 2018, and means there were 27.9 practitioners per 100,000 population. This compares to 2009 when there were 23.4 practitioners per 100,000 population.