Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)
Red eyes, sore eyes, itchy eyes?
If you are worried about a recent eye condition - there is now a new free service to offer advice.
You can access this service if you are registered with a GP in Shropshire or Telford and Wrekin.
MECS (Minor Eye Conditions Service) is provided by Community Health and Eye Care Limited (CHEC) and delivered by local accredited opticians, who can offer appointments if you need advice or treatment for a recent eye condition.
When to use MECS
Recent eye conditions that can be treated by the service include:
- Red eye
Dry eye, gritty and uncomfortable eyes
Irritation and inflammation of the eye
Significant recent sticky discharge from the eye or watery eye
Recently occurring or sudden increase of flashes and floaters
Recent and sudden reduced vision
Something in your eye
Please note this is not a sight test for glasses.
If you are unsure whether your symptoms can be assessed and treated by the service, please contact a participating optician who will advise you.
You should go to A&E if you have…
- Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
Considerable eye pain
Significant trauma such as penetrating injury or lacerations to the eye or eyelid
Chemical injury or burns
Problems arising from recent eye surgery
You should go to A&E after 5pm and at weekends, if participating opticians are closed and you need urgent advice.
How do I book an appointment with the service?
You can use MECS if you are registered with a Shropshire or Telford and Wrekin GP.
You will be asked some questions about your symptoms, to assess how quickly you need to be seen by the service. Depending on your symptoms, you will be seen within one or two working days.
Appointments are available during normal working hours. Some opticians offer appointments at the weekend.
What happens next?
- If your condition is more serious, the optician will book you an urgent appointment at a hospital eye clinic
If you need a routine appointment with a hospital, the optician will make a referral for you
If your eye condition is related to your general health, you may be advised to make an appointment with your GP
If you need medication, you may be advised to contact your local pharmacist
For further information contact 01772 717167.