It has been ten years since the introduction of free NHS eye examinations for all of Scotland’s residents in 2006. Since its introduction there has been a 29% increase in the number of eye examinations carried out on an annual basis with over 2 million carried out in Scotland every year.
In addition, community optometrists are being asked to manage more patients in the community, where it is appropraite to do so, in line with the Modernising Outpatients Programme.
That is why, on 25th August 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison, announced a Review of community eyecare services in Scotland. The review was be chaired by Hamish Wilson CBE and considered and evaluated eyecare services across Scotland, reviewing how services are currently delivered and recommending actions which will lead to improvements.
The Community Eyecare Services Review report was published on 19th April 2017, and work is now underway to take forward the Review's recommendations to deliver eyecare services that meet the needs of Scotland's current and future population. The Report can be found here: