Number of optometrists per population in Europe 2017

The number of optometrists per population was highest in Spain, accounting for 3.63 per 10,000 population. This was followed by Denmark with 3.18 per 10,000 population and Norway with 2.88 per population. Although it is important to add that the source states that the professions of Optometry and Optics in Spain and the Nordic countries are combined, which clarifies the high numbers per population.

Opticians in Europe

France had the highest number of opticians in Europe with 5.34 per 10,000 population in 2017. This was significantly more than any other country in Europe. Switzerland, Belgium and Bulgaria in this year all had more than three opticians per 10,000 population in their respective nations. While in this year, Cyprus had the highest density of dispensing optician outlets in Europe at 2.54 per 10,000.

Use of spectacles and contact lenses in Europe

Overall, just under half of the European population wears spectacles. The country with the highest share of its population wearing glasses was Slovakia, with 85 percent wearing glasses in 2017. Serbia and the UK had the second and third highest share with 70 and 68 percent respectively. When it comes to contact lenses, Slovakia also had the highest share in Europe with fifteen percent of its population doing so in 2017. Cyprus and Latvia joined at the top of the rankings also in this year with fifteen percent of citizens wearing contact lenses.

Number of optometrists per 10,000 population in Europe in 2017

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May 2017



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