MINOR EYE CONDITIONS SERVICE (MECS)

The Minor Eye Conditions Scheme allows patients across Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham to access NHS treatment for a range of eye conditions. Instead of having to visit hospital for treatment, you can now be seen by a highly trained optometrist based in a local optician's practice. The aim of the scheme is to allow all patients to be able to access treatment quickly, near where you live and work. Appointments are often available within two days, and many of the practices offer appointments at weekends. All of the opticians viewable on the interactive map are able to see and treat patients for a range of conditions such as:

  • Red eye
  • Sticky eye (difficulty opening your eye or yellow discharge)
  • Watery eye (excessive tears)
  • Pain or discomfort in or around the eyes
  • Recent onset or sudden increase of flashes of light or floating objects in your vision.

If you are unsure whether your eye problem requires medical attention, please call one of the opticians on the interactive map below who will be happy to advise you.

Below is an interactive map of which practices are accredited and seeing MECS patients. Alternatively you can click here for a list of the participating practices.

 

Please note if you are suffering from significant pain, a sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes, chemical burns or a penetrating injury then you should go directly to the Eye Casualty department at St Thomas' Hospital or your nearest A&E.