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Minor Eye Conditions Service

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) 

What is MECS?

MECS is a free service available to all patients registered with a City and Hackney GP, Islington GP, and Tower Hamlets GP. The service is designed for the assessment and treatment of recently occurring medical eye conditions.

The service is provided by local optometrists with the specialist knowledge and skills to carry out this work. Details of optometrists providing the service can be found by scrolling down the page.

The service does not replace the routine eye examination, eye tests or prescriptions for spectacles and a sight test will not be performed as part of the assessment or treatment and you will not be issued with a prescription for spectacles. 


Eye Conditions Which Can Be Treated By MECS

The service is designed for recently occurring medical eye conditions
such as:
• Red eye(s)
• Signifcant recent discharge from or watering from the eye
• Mild trauma, for example a scratch to the outer surface of the eye(s) or lid(s)
• Suspected foreign body in the eye
• Mild pain and/or discomfort in the eyes


Eye Conditions Which Cannot Be Treated By MECS

If you have sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes, considerable eye pain or trauma, chemical injury or burns or recent eye surgery you should go directly to an A & E department.

How Do I Access MECS?

You can be referred by your GP practice – you may only need a leaflet stamped by the receptionist. You can also contact an approved optometrist directly (self-refer) and make an appointment. Ask to be seen under the minor eye condition service. Appointments are available during normal working hours and you will be seen within 48 hours but usually on the same day.

You are free to contact any of the approved optometrists below. However, only approved optometrists can provide this service on the NHS so it may not be your normal optometrist.

Participating Practices: City & Hackney

Area

 

Practice

 

Address

 

Opening Hours

 

Telephone

E8

 

Specsavers

Dalston Cross

 

Unit 18, Dalston Cross

Shopping Centre,

E8 2LX

 

Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat

09:00 -18:00,

Wed 10:00-18:00,

Sun 11:00-17:00

 

020

7254 7664

 

N16

 

Infocus

Optometrists

 

163 Stoke Newington

Road, Stoke

Newington, N16 8BP

 

Mo-Sat 09:00-18:00

Closed Bank Holidays

 

020

7254 4299

 

EC2M

 

Specsavers

London Wall

 

150-151 Salisbury House Shops, London Wall, EC2M 5QD 

 

Mo-Thu 09:00-19:00,

Fri 09:00-18:00,

Sat 10:00-17:00,


 

020 7330 1130

 

E5

 

Rose Opticians

 

27 Lower Clapton Road,

London, E5 0NS

 

Mon-Sat 09:00-18:00

 

020

8985 1971 020

 

E5

 

Silverman Opticians

 

176 Clapton Common,

London, E5 9AG

 

Mon 09:30-19:30,

Tue-Thu 09:30 - 17:30,

Fri 09:30-13:00,

Sat Closed,

Sun 10:00-16:00.

Open Bank Holidays,

Closed Jewish Holidays

 

020

8211 7575

 

 

Participating Practices: Islington

Insight Opticians 
24 Chapel Market, London, N1 9EZ 
Tel: 020 8278 1212

Myeyes 
68 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QP 
Tel: 020 7278 8480

Specsavers Holloway 
11 Seven Sisters Road, London, N7 6AJ 
Tel: 020 7263 6006

Specsavers Islington 
68 Chapel Market, London, N1 9ER 
Tel: 020 7520 1770

Participating Practices: Tower Hamlets

E1

In Focus Optics, Cannon Street Road
149 Cannon Street Road, E1 2LX
Tel: 020 7488 4523

In Focus Optics, White Horse Lane
94 White Horse Lane, E1 4LR
Tel: 020 7791 0692

E2

Specsavers, Bethnal Green
Unit 1, 409 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AN
Tel: 020 7324 7520

E14

Boots Opticians, Canary Wharf
Jubilee Place, 45 Bank St, Canary Wharf, E14 5NY
Tel: 020 7719 1105

In Focus Optics, Poplar
Unit 1, 223 East India Dock Road, E14 0ED
Tel: 020 7987 2364