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Minor Eye Conditions Service

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) - 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

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

High Street, Stoke

Newington, N16 8BP

 

Mo-Sat 09:00-18:00

Closed Bank Holidays

 

020

7254 4299

 

EC2M

 

Specsavers

Bishopsgate

 

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

 

020

7377 4970

 

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