This publication shows the number of Ophthalmic Practitioners (Optometrists and Ophthalmic Medical Practitioners) who are authorised by Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England and Local Health Boards (LHBs) in Wales to carry out NHS funded sight tests as at 31 December 2007.
In order to carry out an NHS sight test under GOS regulations as at 31 December 2007, an ophthalmic practitioner must be registered on one of two types of lists. The ophthalmic list is a register of practitioners that hold a contract with a PCT/LHB to undertake NHS sight tests. The supplementary list is a register of practitioners that work under a contract as an assistant, but do not hold the contract with the PCT/LHB.
Comparisons over time have been made with data at 31 December 2006 and 31 December 2002 in the commentary of the report, although some tables contain a series extending back to 1997.