The report aims to provide a summary of currently provided sensory care services in the context of poor eye health and hearing loss.
- The National Survey for Wales for 2016-17 asked if respondents’ eyesight was good enough to see the face of someone across a room, with glasses or contact lenses if they usually wear them. 3 per cent of adults aged 16 or over responded that either they could not or with difficulty.
Primary eye care services
- During 2016-17, 776,827 General Ophthalmic Service sight tests were paid for by the NHS, a 1.0 per cent increase on the previous year.
- 150,324 examinations were carried out under Eye Health Examinations Wales during the same year.
- Of the 139,264 patients screened (with results reported) by the Diabetic Eye Screening Wales Service in 2016-17, 28.2 per cent were found to have some degree of diabetic retinopathy (a small number were ungradeable).
Hospital eye services
- There were 322,139 attendances to ophthalmology outpatient appointments in Welsh hospitals in 2015-16.
- Health Boards received 91,846 referrals for ophthalmology in 2016-17, of which 31,824 were from GPs.
Low Vision Service Wales
- 8,792 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 2016, over 16,000 people were registered with a visual impairment, of whom around half were registered as severely sight impaired and half as sight impaired.
- 1,388 people were newly certified as sight impaired in 2015-16; over 55 per cent of these were aged 80 years or over.
- There were 819 practitioners carrying out sight tests paid for by the NHS at 31 December 2016, 1 more than in the previous year and a 21.7 per cent increase since December 2006.
- At 30 September 2016 there were 137.7 whole time equivalent ophthalmology doctors directly employed by the NHS in Wales.
- Welsh Health Survey recorded that 16 per cent of adults reported having difficulty with their hearing in 2015.
- At 31 March 2017, 390 patients had been waiting for a hearing aid for more than the target 14 weeks.
- At 30 September 2016 there were 133.6 whole time equivalent otolaryngology doctors directly employed by the NHS in Wales.
Sensory health: eye care and hearing statistics, April 2016 to March 2017
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Datasets and interactive tools
Sensory health: eye care and hearing statistics, April 2016 to March 2017: tables
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Sensory health: eye care and hearing statistics, April 2016 to March 2017: dashboard
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