Whitby Health Partnership

Whitby Health Partnership

114 Chester Road, Whitby, Ellesmere Port, CH65 6TG

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Minor Eye Problems?

Posted on April 21st, 2020

If you have a recent problem with your eyes – such as sore eyes, red eyes or visual disturbance – you can be assessed and treated by the
local Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS).

This is a free NHS service available from a number of local opticians.

What is a Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)?

Conditions that can be seen under the service include:

● Red eye or eyelids
● Dry eye, or gritty and uncomfortable eyes
● Irritation and inflammation of the eye
● Significant recent sticky discharge from the eye or watery eye
● Recently occurring flashes or floaters
● Ingrowing eyelashes
● Recent and sudden loss of vision
● Foreign body in the eye

Where should I go?

To see a list of participating practices please go to:

www.primaryeyecare.co.uk

How do I book an appointment with the service?

To make an appointment, call one of the opticians on the back of this leaflet. You will be asked some questions about your symptoms
in order to assess how quickly you need to be seen by the service, which will be within 24 hours in urgent cases and within a few days
for routine appointments. 

Please take your glasses and a list of your current medication with you to the appointment. The optometrist may put drops in your eyes
to enlarge your pupils in order to get a better view inside your eyes.  You should not drive until the effects of these drops have worn off,
which may take a few hours.

If your condition is more serious, the optometrist will book you an urgent appointment at a hospital eye clinic. If you need a routine
appointment with a hospital, the optometrist will organise this for you.

You may also be advised to make an appointment with your GP if your eye condition is relation to your general health.