Waltham Forest Community Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

MECS is a free service available to all patients aged 10 years and above who are registered with a GP in Waltham Forest.

The service provides treatment to patients experiencing recently occurring eye conditions.

The service is provided by local optometrists with the knowledge and skills to carry out this work at locally approved optician practices.

                Where Can I be seen?
Please call one of the practices listed below to talk about your symptoms and book an appointment:


How do I access MECS?

A list of approved practices is on the table above. Please be aware that your normal optometrist may have chosen not to offer this service.

You can contact any of these approved practices directly to make an appointment and ask to be seen for a free Minor Eye Condition appointment.

Appointments are available during normal practice opening hours. 
Alternatively, you may be referred to the Community MECS for  assessment and possible treatment, by your GP or eye casualty at the hospital. 

Eye Conditions Treated Under MECS:

The service is designed for recently occurring medical eye  conditions including:
• reduction in vision in one or both eyes
• red eye(s) or eye lids
• pain or discomfort in the eyes, around the eye area or temple
• onset or sudden increase of flashers and/or floaters in one or both eyes
• mild trauma, for example a scratch to the outer surface of the eye(s) or lid(s)
• suspected foreign body in the eye
• onset of double vision
• significant recent discharge or watering of the eye.

What happens when I see the optometrist?

A clinician will discuss your eye history, any symptoms you may be experiencing and any related medical history.
You will  receive an eye assessment relevant to your symptoms.

Please take a list of all current medications and your up-to-date glasses with you to the appointment.

As a result of the consultation:
• you will be assessed and advised appropriate treatment by the optometrist
• occasionally, treatments may need to be accessed via a  pharmacy or GP following assessment
• you may be referred to the hospital eye service if your eye  condition is deemed serious.

Note: You may not be able to drive immediately after your  examination.
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