HC Deb 10 May 1999 vol 331 c66W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of cases of glaucoma which are likely to be identified following the reintroduction of free eye tests for pensioners. [82918]

Mr. Denham

We do not know how many people aged 60 and over have already been having regular sight tests or how many of the remainder will take up the opportunity of a free National Health Service sight test but, within these uncertainties, we estimate that optometrists could refer an additional 2,000 patients presenting signs of glaucoma.

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