General Ophthalmic Services Statistics

Information detailed below is derived from the General Ophthalmic payment system. It includes all health service ophthalmic activity carried out in Northern Ireland by primary care ophthalmic practitioners and submitted to BSO for payment. This information does not include any ophthalmic activity delivered by Trust based ophthalmic services or any activity carried out privately. 


Responsible Statistician:

Jennifer McCrea

Current Annual Publication 

Date published: 16th June 2022

Date of next release: June 2023

If you have issues accessing the information it can also be found on the site.

Presents information on ophthalmic activity carried out by general ophthalmic practitioners in Northern Ireland.  It details information on the number of primary care ophthalmic practitioners in Northern Ireland along with the number of sight tests, vouchers, repairs/replacements carried out and submitted to BSO for payment during the financial year.

 FPS General Ophthalmic Services Statistics for 2021/22
 Annual 2021-22 Ophthalmic Statistics Tables

  FPS General Ophthalmic Statistics For Northern Ireland - 2021/22 Sight Tests, Vouchers

                  and Repairs Activity

 FPS General Ophthalmic Services Statistics Infographic 2021/22
FPS General Ophthalmic Services Statistics Pre-Release Access List


Quarterly Ophthalmic Statistics

Date published: 2nd February 2023

Date of next release: June 2023

If you have issues accessing the information it can also be found on the site.

This quarterly series is a subset of the annual information with data provided for selected key tables. The quarterly updates within a year should be treated as provisional and may be revised when figures are finalised to produce the end of year annual report.

 FPS Ophthalmic Key Facts: To QE December 2022 

 FPS General Ophthalmic Services Statistics: To QE December 2022


Quality Documentation

Listed below are various documents to support the publication of FPS Ophthalmic Statistics.

FPS Ophthalmic Background Quality Report

FPS Ophthalmic Quality Assurance of Administrative Data Report

Interactive Maps

We have capability of providing mapping and interactive analysis within the unit. Below examples have been produced using R Studio. These examples open in a separate browser window, they may take a while to load on certain browsers.




Previous publications

Previous publications for 2017/18 - 2019/20 can be found here.