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The table shows the number of national health service sight tests for persons aged 60 and over, in England from 2004-05 to 2011-12. This information has been extracted from the report, ‘General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England, Year ending
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The cost has been established by multiplying the number of sight tests conducted by the price paid per sight test.
|Number and cost of NHS sight tests for the 60 years and over eligibility group, in North Yorkshire and York PCT, 2004-05 to 2011-12|
|60+ sight tests(1)||Price per sight test (£)||Approximate Cost (£)|
|1 Number of sight tests by eligibility group was not available at PCT level for the years 2004-05 to 2006-07. Note: Patients may qualify for an NHS sight test on more than one criterion. However, they would only be recorded against one criterion on the form. Patients are more likely to be recorded according to their clinical need rather than their age. For example, a patient aged over 60, with glaucoma is likely to be recorded in the glaucoma category only. The count by eligibility is therefore approximate. Source: General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England publication by the Health and Social Care Information Centre|