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Scottish Executive letter explaining the introduction of free NHS eye examinations from 1st April 2006

Practitioner Services (PSD)
Health Professionals

Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The College of Optometrists

Optometry Scotland

The sources below offer information related to eye care services and health. Most of these sources are external to ISD and we cannot guarantee the content or accessibility of these external web sites. ISD cannot comment on the ophthalmic payment verification systems nor the optician payment tariffs used by other organisations. However, aspects such as numbers of eye tests, eye tests per head of population, vouchers used and repairs and replacements are more closely comparable. Note that since eye tests are NHS fully-funded and available to the whole population in Scotland higher numbers per population would be expected than in other countries where some patients would pay a fee.

Other providers of ophthalmic data in the UK include:

Health & Social Care Informatiion Centre - General Ophthalmic Services: HSCIC provide ophthalmic activity data on eye tests, vouchers used, expenditure, glasses repairs and replacements and geographical (Primary Care Trust) data for England as of 2002/2003.

Stats Wales - Eye Care Statistics: Stats Wales provide ophthalmic activity data on eye tests, vouchers used , glasses repairs and replacements and geographical (Local Health Board) data for Wales as of 1996/97. This is presented annually and by Local Health Board.

HSC Business Services Organisation - Ophthalmic Statistics: HSC BSO provide extensive data for Northern Ireland on optician and practice numbers, sight tests conducted, vouchers used, glasses repairs and replacements and overall expenditure, by local government district as of 2005/06.

Some additional links to charities:

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