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Eyesight: Testing

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) pre-school children, (b) children under five years and (c) children under 12 years received eye tests in each primary care trust in the last 12 months. (158637)

Information is not collected for the age bands requested. Information on children aged 0 to 15 years will be available at primary care trust (PCT) level in the publication “General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and Wales: April 2007-September 2007”. This will be published by March 2008.

The total number of sight tests paid for in England by PCTs for children aged 0-15 years for the year ending 31 March 2007 is 2,113,480. This represents 20.2 per cent. of total sight tests provided in England for this period. The percentage of children aged 0-15 having a sight test was 21.8 per cent. in 2006-07, although a few children may have had more than one sight test during the year.

These data are extracted from table B4 of the General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and Wales, year ending 31 March 2007 report.

This report, published by the Information Centre for health and social care, is available in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/eye-care/general-ophthalmic-services:-activity-statistics-for-england-and-wales--year-ending-31-march-2007