Minor Eye Conditions Service

Reviewed February 2021

MECS is an NHS funded service delivered by community optometrists for recently occurring eye problems.  Patients can access the service directly or be referred by another professional such as a GP or pharmacist.  Recently occurring symptoms suitable for MECS include the following: 

  • Dry, gritty, irritable and uncomfortable eyes
  • Superficial foreign bodies in the eye
  • Red eye or eyelids
  • In-growing eyelashes
  • Recent and sudden changes in vision
  • Flashes and floaters

More details on MECS can be found on the CCG websites

Patients can telephone 01743 297027 or 01772 717167 to find their nearest participating optometry practice or a list can be found at this link.  This is not a walk-in service, so patients are advised to telephone a participating practice where they will be asked a series of questions about their eye problem to determine how quickly they need to be seen.  Community Health and Eyecare (CHEC) provide this service via sub-contracting arrangements with local optometry practices.