The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published its annual report of key findings from the General Ophthalmic (GOS) data collection in England for the financial year 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014.
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.
To view the report and for more details, click here.