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Eyesight: Testing

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of people aged 60 and over had an NHS sight test in the last year for which figures are available. (199500)

The number of general ophthalmic services (GOS) sight tests paid for by the national health service, for persons aged 60 and over, in England, in the year ending 31 March 2007 was 4,518,672. Based on Office for National Statistics population estimates for mid- 2006 the sight tests number is 41.9 per cent. of the population aged over 60.

This information is available in Table B4 of the “General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and Wales, Year Ending 31 March 2007” report. This table also includes the number of tests for persons aged 60 and over as a proportion of the total number of sight tests.

This report, published by The Information Centre for health and social care on 31 July 2007, is available in the Library and is also available on-line at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/gosactivity310307

Numbers of GOS sight tests paid for by the NHS, for persons aged 60 and over and as a proportion of the 60 and over population for the year ending 31 March 2008 are due to be published in the “General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and Wales—Year Ending 31 March 2008” report. This report is due to be published, by The Information Centre for health and social care, in July 2008. This report will also include the number of sight tests for persons aged 60 and over as a proportion of the total number of sight tests.