England and Wales

GOS Activity Statistics

GOS activity statistics provides an annual analysis from the General Ophthalmic (GOS) data collection. It provides details on the number of NHS sight tests carried out each year, the number of vouchers used and the age bands and locations of patients provided with GOS services.

GOS Workforce Statistics

The GOS Workforce Statistics annual publication, produced by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, provides details of the workforce professionals used to provide NHS GOS Services, including overall numbers, gender and practitioner type breakdowns.

Information Centre Website

The Health and Social Care Information Centre is the national provider of information, data and IT systems for health and social care.  To visit their website please click on the link below.


To access the website for the Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland, click here

Sight Tests Volume and Workforce Survey

Northern Ireland

The Business Services Organisation in Northern Ireland has recently started producing General Ophthalmic Statistics for Northern Ireland.  The second edition is available via the link below.

Optics at a Glance

Optics at a Glance is a key source of information about optometry, opticians, the market they work in and the services they provide to patients.  Information is drawn from a survey of Optical Confederation members and from government statistics.

To download a copy of the most recent editions please click on the link below: