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Click here to sortBetsi Cadwaladr University Local Health BoardClick here to sortPowys Teaching Local Health BoardClick here to sortHywel Dda Local Health BoardClick here to sortSwansea Bay University Health BoardFrom 1st April 2019 health service provision for residents of Bridgend local authority moved from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg to Cwm Taf. The health board names have changed with Cwm Taf University Health Board becoming Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board becoming Swansea Bay University Health Board.Click here to sortAbertawe Bro Morgannwg University Local Health BoardFrom 1st April 2019 health service provision for residents of Bridgend local authority moved from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg to Cwm Taf. The health board names have changed with Cwm Taf University Health Board becoming Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board becoming Swansea Bay University Health Board.Click here to sortCwm Taf Morgannwg University Health BoardFrom 1st April 2019 health service provision for residents of Bridgend local authority moved from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg to Cwm Taf. The health board names have changed with Cwm Taf University Health Board becoming Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board becoming Swansea Bay University Health Board.Click here to sortCwm Taf Local Health BoardFrom 1st April 2019 health service provision for residents of Bridgend local authority moved from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg to Cwm Taf. The health board names have changed with Cwm Taf University Health Board becoming Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board becoming Swansea Bay University Health Board.Click here to sortAneurin Bevan Local Health BoardClick here to sortCardiff & Vale University Local Health Board
[Collapse]All sight tests paid for by the NHSPaid for by the NHS1,022,897179,353678,593319,937407,778443,227258,477991,414769,6665,071,342
All sight tests paid for by the NHSPaid for by the NHS[Collapse]Total domiciliary sight tests41,6275,41021,5459,69013,92711,5067,79030,65721,904164,056
Total domiciliary sight tests[Expand]Domiciliary sight test at higher rate30,0703,42916,6557,8179,0289,2415,45421,38816,285119,367
[Expand]Domiciliary sight test at lower rate11,5571,9814,8901,8734,8992,2652,3369,2695,61944,689
[Collapse]Total sight tests by OMPs or OptometristsPaid for by the NHS1,022,897179,353678,593319,937407,778443,227258,477991,414769,6665,071,342
Total sight tests by OMPs or OptometristsPaid for by the NHS[Expand]By Ophthalmic Medical PractitionersAs of 2014-15 the only Local Health Board which has OMPs claiming from it is Betsi Cadwaladr0000000000
[Expand]By Optometrists1,022,897179,353678,593319,937407,778443,227258,477991,414769,6665,071,342
[Collapse]Total sight tests: eligible patientsPaid for by the NHS. Before 2016-17 prisoners on leave was incorrectly included as an eligibility category. These figures have been removed where possible, however for some years the sum of individual categories may not add up to the total.1,022,897179,353678,593319,937407,778443,227258,477991,414769,6665,071,342
Total sight tests: eligible patientsPaid for by the NHS. Before 2016-17 prisoners on leave was incorrectly included as an eligibility category. These figures have been removed where possible, however for some years the sum of individual categories may not add up to the total.[Expand]Sight tests: persons aged 60 and overPersons aged 60 and over became eligible for sight tests paid for by the NHS in April 1999572,898102,014355,346160,748199,937207,036119,813496,711354,8602,569,365
[Expand]Sight tests: children aged 15 or under188,75039,345140,16970,99795,319112,76970,508241,827207,3051,166,988
[Expand]Sight tests: students aged 16 - 1832,9005,40622,10310,25014,50316,5029,75033,60429,099174,119
[Expand]Sight tests: adults receiving Income SupportIncome support for years 1999-00 to 2002-03. Income Support and Pension Credit guarantee for years 2003-04 to 2007-08. Income Support, Pension Credit guarantee and Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (introduced in October 2008) from 2008-09 on.56,4486,95737,00518,09930,50628,35519,85260,55746,300304,082
[Expand]Sight tests: adults receiving Tax CreditFamily Credit/ Working Families Tax Credit/ Disability Working Allowance/ Disabled Persons Tax Credit for 1999-00. Working Families Tax Credit/ Disabled Persons Tax Credit for years 2000-01 to 2002-03. Adults receiving Tax Credit for 2003-04 on.42,3996,70828,95410,75020,20413,70212,60142,20434,301211,824
[Expand]Sight tests: adults receiving Job Seekers Allowance8,25055012,5514,8493,8508,7012,90017,7498,09967,504
[Expand]Sight tests: adults holding a low income certificate2,2003001,3505501,7505006002,9002,95013,101
[Expand]Sight tests: registered blind/partially sighted6501005002503003001506505503,450
[Expand]Sight tests: diabetics/glaucoma sufferersNo split between diabetics and glaucoma sufferers was available until 201336,7506,25732,50613,94916,55419,5538,80033,70227,700195,771
[Expand]Sight tests: persons requiring complex lenses2,9003502,1001,4001,1501,4504502,6503,00015,450
[Expand]Sight tests: close relatives aged 40 and over of glaucoma sufferers62,6509,76140,50617,74822,15522,10412,80143,00441,900272,630
[Expand]Sight tests: Universal CreditUniversal Credit is a new single payment for people who are looking for work or on a low income. Roll out of Universal Credit began during 2013.16,1011,6015,50010,3491,55012,25225015,85213,59977,057
[Expand]Private sight tests partially NHS funded2573111208184229191
[Expand]Private domiciliary visit partially NHS funded0000000101

Metadata

Title

NHS ophthalmic statistics

Last update

27 July 2023 27 July 2023

Next update

To be confirmed

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

Contact email

stats.healthinfo@gov.wales

Designation

National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local health boards

Geographical coverage

Wales

Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence

General description

Number of sight tests and vouchers

Data collection and calculation

Eye care services have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact will be reflected in the data for the financial year 2020-21.
Following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic at the end of March 2020, routine optometry services were reduced. There was a cessation of payment claims from April to August 2020; an average payment was calculated and paid to ophthalmic contractors.

Activity data on sight tests paid for by the NHS, optical vouchers and repairs are collected via a series of General Ophthalmic Service (GOS) forms which are used in the ophthalmic service payment process:

• GOS1 – NHS sight tests, including information on patient eligibility status.
• GOS2 – The optical prescription or statement given to the patient. This form is not used as a basis for reporting.
• GOS3 – NHS optical vouchers - including information on patient eligibility status.
• GOS4 – NHS optical repair/replacement vouchers - including information on patient eligibility status and voucher type.
• GOS5 – Private sight tests with partial help towards the full cost.
• GOS6 – Domiciliary sight tests.

The data is obtained from Primary Care Services, NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership. Ophthalmic statistics relate to services provided by ophthalmic practitioners in contract to Health Boards (HBs).

Frequency of publication

Annual

Data reference periods

The period this data covers is the financial year 1996-97 onwards.

Users, uses and context

Please find this information in the related statistical publication, as per the given weblink.

Revisions information

In the June 2019 release, data originally published for sight tests by ophthalmic practitioners in 2017-18 and 2018-19 did not use the grossing methodology that is used to match the total number of sight tests for those years. The data was revised in September 2021 on StatsWales as part of the 30 September 2021 release, so that it is now consistent with the methodology in other years.

Keywords

Ophthalmic; Eye Care; General Ophthalmic Service; GOS; Sight Tests; Eye; Optician;

Statistical quality

Please find this information in the related statistical publication, as per the given weblink.

Weblinks

Statistical Release:
https://www.gov.wales/eye-care-statistics