Number of opticians in selected European countries 2017

This statistic displays the number of opticians per 10,000 population working in selected countries in Europe in 2017. In this year, France had the highest number of opticians with 5.34 opticians per 10,000 population, this was closely followed by Switzerland with 3.25 opticians per 10,000 population and Belgium with 3.1 opticians per 10,000 population. The source provides the information that the professions of Optometry and Optics in Spain and the Nordic countries are combined in one, as optometrists.
However, the number of optician retail outlets was highest in Cyprus with 2.54 outlets per 10,000 population. Although France has the highest number of opticians per population, the corresponding number of retail outlets amounted to 2.03 retail outlets per 10,000 population.
In the United Kingdom (UK) there were 1.01 opticians per 10,000 population. In 2016, 51 percent of optometrists and 22 percent of dispensing opticians were registered with the General Optical Council in the UK. The GOC maintains a register of opticians and regulates the services provided by dispensing opticians and optometrists. Throughout Europe there are corresponding associations established to regulate the work and services provided by opticians and to set the standards of work which is expected of them.

Number of opticians per 10, 000 population in selected European countries in 2017

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May 2017



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