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  • Release date: 17 June 2014
  • Period covered: 2013-14
  • Next update: 16 June 2015
An annual report which includes information on Eye Care Services provided in Wales together with workforce information.

Key points

Primary eye care services

  • During 2013-14, 758,572 General Ophthalmic Service sight tests were paid for by the NHS, a 1.2 per cent decrease on the previous year.
  • 96,487 examinations were carried out under Eye Health Examinations Wales during the same year.
  • Of the 115,344 patients screened by the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service in 2013-14, 29.8 per cent were found to have diabetic retinopathy.

Hospital eye services

  • There were 330,626 attendances to ophthalmology outpatient appointments in Welsh hospitals in 2012-13.

Rehabilitation - low vision service

  • 7,237 assessments were carried out by the Low Vision Service Wales.

People newly certified and/or registered as severely sight impaired and sight impaired

  • At 31 March 2013, almost 16,600 people were registered with a visual impairment, of whom around half were registered as severely sight impaired and half as sight impaired.
  • 1,362 people were newly certified as sight impaired in 2012-13; over 75 per cent of these were aged 80 years or over.


  • There were 781 practitioners carrying out sight tests paid for by the NHS at 31 December 2013, 28 less than the previous year and a 24.2 per cent increase since December 2003.
  • At 30 September 2012 there were 144 whole time equivalent ophthalmology doctors directly employed by the NHS in Wales.


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