Community Eyecare

Minor Eye Condition Service (MECS)

A minor eye condition service, generally delivered by a community optometrist, will provide services for patients seen at the right time, right place by the right person. Management is usually maintained within the primary care setting for as many patients as is safely possible, avoiding unnecessary referrals to hospitals.

Not all conditions can be seen and managed by an optometrist, and as the title implies, this is for minor eye conditions. Although not exhaustive, below is a list of potential conditions that may be treatable.

  • Sudden or recent onset of blurred vision but always consider if a sight test would be more appropriate
  • Ocular pain or discomfort
  • Systematic disease affecting the eye
  • Differential diagnosis of the red eye
  • Foreign body and emergency contact lens removal (not by the fitting practitioner)
  • Dry eye/ Painful eye
  • Epiphora (watery eye)
  • Trichiasis (in-growing eyelashes)
  • Differential diagnosis of lumps and bumps in the vicinity of the eye
  • Recent onset of Diplopia
  • Recent onset of Diplopia
  • Flashes/ floaters
  • Retinal lesions
  • Service user reported field defects

How do I make an appointment?

This depends on which area you live in. Not all areas in the UK have a Minor Eye Conditions Scheme (MECS). If you link below, you will find how the schemes work in your area.

Blackpool, Flyde and Wyre. There is currently no MECS scheme in this area

Hertfordshire. CHEC manage this service.

Preston and Chorley. CHEC manage this service.

Stoke-on-Trent. This service is managed by the LOC.

East Cheshire. There is currently no MECS service in this area.

South Warwickshire. CHEC manage this service.