Minor Eye Conditions Service

What is the Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)?

The Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) provides assessment and treatment for people with recently occurring minor eye conditions.

The service is provided by MECS accredited optometrists (also known as opticians)

Minor eye conditions that can be treated by the service include:

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

Who is the service for?

The service is for people registered with a GP in Stockport, Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale, Bury or Tameside & Glossop. It is for people of all ages - adults and children. Children under 16 years must be accompanied at their appointment by an adult.

How do I book an appointment with the service?

The service is provided by a number of MECS registered optometrists across these areas. 


Link to Map A list of optometrists can be found here.

You can contact a practice directly (self-refer) to make an appointment. When you contact the optometry practice, you will be asked some questions about your symptoms in order to assess how quickly you need to be seen by the service.

Depending on your symptoms, you will be seen within 24 hours or five working days, or advised to contact your local pharmacist for simple eye treatment.

What happens at your appointment

What will happen at my appointment?

The optometrist will discuss your eye history and the symptoms you are experiencing. You will receive an eye assessment, advice and treatment appropriate to your symptoms. You may need a follow-up appointment, and if so, this will be booked at the end of your first appointment.

If your condition requires referral to an ophthalmologist the optometrist will arrange this.

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.

Appointments are available during normal working hours. Some optometry practices offer appointments in evenings and at the weekend.

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