Optics in numbers
The governments in all four devolved nations provide statistics about eye care services for NHS patients and the optical workforce. The College of Optometrists also carries out research into the optical workforce. In addition FODO produces Optics at a Glance for the Optical Confederation.
NHS Digital provides an annual analysis from the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) data collection, with 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 in England.
ISD Scotland collects a wider range of data on eye care in Scotland, including information on NHS General Ophthalmic Service activity in Scotland and workforce data. This information is available on the ISD website
NHS Digital also provides details of the workforce professionals who provide NHS GOS Services in England and Wales. Information includes overall numbers, gender and practitioner type.
The College of Optometrists carried out its Optical Workforce Survey in 2015. You can find a summary of their recommendations and download the report from their website here.