HC Deb 04 December 1989 vol 163 c70W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the figures for the number of eye examinations before and after the introduction of charges.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

The number of sight tests under the general ophthalmic services over the past five years is given in the table. Information is currently not available as to number of general ophthalmic services sight tests carried out since April 1989.

Sight tests for England and Wales
Financial year Total sight tests
1984–85 10,453,014
1985–86 10,846,497
1986–87 11,241,789
1987–88 12,392,076
1988–89 13,226,297