Demand for opticians in UK
In 2017, almost 70 percent of the population of the United Kingdom wore spectacles, this was among the highest proportions in Europe, indicating that most of the British population has a need for optometrists and opticians. Additionally, as of 2017 over six percent of the British population wear contact lenses.
Comparisons with European countries
With a rate of 2.3 optometrists per 10,000 population, the United Kingdom has the fifth highest density of optometrists in Europe in 2017. Spain had the highest rate at 3.63 per 10,000. Furthermore, the UK had 1.01 opticians per 10,000 people, which put it only ranked it seventeenth compared to the rest of Europe, a lot lower than the rate of 5.34 in France which was highest in Europe.