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Accessibility of high-street optometry premises within Tayside
  1. Liying Low1,
  2. Una O'Colmain1,
  3. Simon Ogston2,
  4. Caroline MacEwen1
  1. 1 Ophthalmology Department, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, UK
  2. 2 Centre For Biomedical Sciences & Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Caroline MacEwen, Ophthalmology Department, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK; c.j.macewen{at}

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As a possible mechanism to address the inequality in eye care, free eye examinations are delivered by high-street optometrists in Scotland on the grounds that they are more readily accessible to the public.1


We aim to compare the location of optometry premises according to the level of deprivation, geographic access and total population in Tayside.


Using the postcode of optometry premises and general practitioner (GP) practices within Tayside (Angus, Dundee City, Perth & Kinross), we obtained the overall Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2012 (SIMD) score, and geographic access to services score for each of the premises. From the census data 2010, we obtained the population within each datazone.

The overall SIMD score is an area-based index of multiple deprivation encompassing seven domains: income, health, crime, employment, housing, geographic access and education. The larger …

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  • Contributors All authors contributed equally in the study design, data acquisition, data analysis, critical review of manuscript and final approval for publication.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.