OutsideClinic has announced its intention to employ 50 optometrists over the next 12 months after it experienced a 50% rise in demand for services since the start of the year.

The company said that expanding its optometry team by two-thirds to 125 people would improve its reach and appointment capacity.

OutsideClinic added that an increase in demand was the result of patients preferring at-home visits to the high street during the pandemic, particularly among those aged over 65.

Richard Gibson, managing director at OutsideClinic, said: ‘With the over-65 population set to grow significantly, we anticipate demand for our domiciliary optometry services will increase substantially in the coming years and it’s vital we’re able to meet this, while continuing to deliver the gold standard eye care our patients have come to expect from us.’