The General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) report shows that the number of NHS sight tests in England has fallen, particularly among the over 60’s. Despite the number of people in the over 60s eligibility category increasing year-on-year, the proportion of sight tests in this age group have fallen for the third year in a row.
That age group represented 43.2 per cent of all tests in 2014-15 compared to 43.6 per cent the previous year and 44.4 per cent the year before, along with the number of vouchers claimed for optical goods also falling.
Worryingly diabetics and glaucoma sufferers were also less likely to attend for an eye exam, just 7.3 from 8.0 per cent the year before.
Early detection of eye conditions is essential if we are to be successful in reducing avoidable sight loss and improving population eye health, therefore more needs to be done to raise awareness of the importance of eye health and increase the number of sight tests across the UK.