East London and City Local Optical Committee
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Minor Eye Conditions Service

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) - City & Hackney

What is MECS?

MECS is a free service available to all patients registered with a City and Hackney 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.

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







Opening Hours






Dalston Cross


Unit 18, Dalston Cross

Shopping Centre,

E8 2LX



09:00 -18:00,

Wed 10:00-18:00,

Sun 11:00-17:00



7254 7664







163 Stoke Newington

High Street, Stoke

Newington, N16 8BP


Mo-Sat 09:00-18:00

Closed Bank Holidays



7254 4299







152 Bishopsgate,

London, EC2M 4LN


Mo-We 08:00-19:00,

Thu 08:00-20:00,

Fri 09:30-18:30,

Sat 10:00-16:00



7377 4970




Rose Opticians


27 Lower Clapton Road,

London, E5 0NS


Mon-Sat 09:00-18:00



8985 1971 020




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



8211 7575



Participating Practices: Islington

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