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Welcome to the Optometry Scotland website

We keep our members up to date on our ongoing activity through our website, our Activity Report and regular email communication, as well as by attending events and meetings.

Our website informs Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Patients.

If you have any media enquiries please contact Emma Kellacher at the Optometry Scotland office.

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'