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We keep our members up to date on our ongoing activity through our website, our Newsletter and regular email communication, as well as by attending events, meetings and keeping in regular contact with colleagues within the sector and the Scottish Government Community Eyecare team.

Our website informs Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Patients.


The fee for NHS-funded eye examinations carried out under GOS at practices in Scotland will increase to 3% from February 2022.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that the fees paid to optometrists carrying out NHS-funded eye examinations will rise from next week, a decision that has been welcomed by optometry bodies.

The increase will be backdated to include all GOS eye examinations and supplementary eye examinations undertaken from 1 April last year (2021).

David Quigley, the chair of Optometry Scotland, welcomed the increase: “These are significant developments which acknowledge the excellent service provided by community eye care colleagues across Scotland.”

The optical body has “campaigned for an increase and implementation of a sustainable funding model to safeguard and enhance the future of community optometry,” Quigley continued, adding: “Thanks to a strong working relationship and ongoing constructive dialogue with the Scottish Government we are pleased to see this come to fruition.”

Optometry Services in Scotland

Community Eyecare

Community eyecare saved the NHS £71million in 2016/17

Primary Examinations

1.8 million primary eye examinations completed in Scotland in 2016/17

Supplementary Exams

471,000 supplementary eye exams were carried out in 2016/17 (300% increase since pre-2006)

Issues Managed

Over 1 million eye issues managed as part of a primary eye examination in 2016/17

Eye Emergencies

Over 66% of supplementary eye exams carried out in the community are related to eye emergencies


Over 80% of eye emergencies were retained in the community setting in 2016/17, Vs 35% pre-General Ophthalmic Services (GOS)

Community Optometry

Community optometry stops over 370,000 people from attending hospital for eye issues per year

Acute Conditions

Over 80% of acute eye conditions were managed by optometrists in 2016/17, Vs 25% pre-GOS

'Advancing World Class Eye Care in Scotland'