Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)
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 our local Minor Eye Conditions Service. This is a free NHS service available from a number of local opticians.
What is a Minor Eye Condition?
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 eye lashes
- Recent and sudden loss of vision
- Foreign body in the eye
What is not covered?
This is not a sight test. Also, if you have major eye condition that is being regularly monitored by your optometrist or hospital eye service, this will not be covered by this service. Examples are cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.
Who is this service for?
If you are registered with a local GP you can use this free service. It is for people of all ages - adults and children. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied at their appointment by an adult.
Where should I go?
Registered optometry practices (opticians) offering the service are listed on below. An appointment will normally be required, so telephone first. Appointments are available during normal working hours and some practices offer appointments at the weekend. Not all practices have an optometrist available every day, but if they don't, they will be able to find you an alternative appointment nearby
How does it work?
To make an appointment, call one of the opticians listed below. 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 normally 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 eye 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.
If your eye condition is in relation to your general health, you may also be advised to make an appointment with the Practice.
List of participating opticians at March 2019
|ADS Eyeclinic||19-23 Norton Road, STOCKTON TS18 2BW||01642 6766327|
|Bayfields||12 Market Place, BARNARD CASTLE DL12 8ND||01833 631849|
|Boots||Unit 137, Middleton Grange, HARTLEPOOL TS24 7RZ||01429 891291|
|Boots||24a High Row, DARLINGTON DL3 7QW||01325 466019|
|Cooper & Barr||4 Front Street, SEDGEFIELD TS21 3AT||01740 582060|
|Cooper & Leatherbarrow||10 Duke Street, DARLINGTON DL3 7AF||01325 463267|
|G.A. & J.M. Foster||92 Hight Street, WILLINGTON DL15 0PE||01388 746800|
|Gibsons||Blandford Building, Dene Terrace, HORDEN SR8 4JF||01915 862484|
|Grundy & Naisbitt||1 Sanderson Street, COXHOE DH6 4DF||01913 770628|
|I.M. Anderson||3 Mautland Street HOUGHTON LE SPRING DH4 4BH||01915 842226|
|K McGuiness Opticians||Avenue House, Greenwell Road NEWTON AYCLIFFE DL5 4DH ||01325 316666|
|Mellis Eyecare||10 Trinity Mews CLEVELAND TS3 6AL||01642 225671|
|R J Naisbitt Optometry||Co-Op Buildings, Headley Terrace SOUTH HETTON DH6 2UE||0191 520 8059|
|Sight Durham||5 Osmond Terrace, Shiney Row HOUGHTON LE SPRING DH4 4QN||01913 852004|
|Sight Ltd||34 The Chare PETERLEE SR8 1AE||0191 586 5671|
|Simon Berry||41A Marshall Terrace DURHAM DH1 2HX||01913 757544|
|Specsavers||45 Newgate Street BISHOP AUCKLAND D14 7EW||01388 606080|
|Specsavers||66 Front Street CHESTER LE STREET DH3 3BD||01913 872930|
|Specsavers||45 Middle Street CONSETT DH8 5QP||01207 586910|
|Specsavers||41 High Row DARLINGTON DL3 7QW||01325 461155|
|Specsavers||1-4 North Road DURHAM DH1 4PW||0191 383 9495|
|Specsavers`||Unit 134 Middleton Grange Shopping HARTLEPOOL TS24 7RD||01249 233444|
|Specsavers||55 Beveridge Way NEWTON AYCIFFE DL5 4DP||01325 328800|
|Specsavers||Unit 8 The Chare PETERLEE SR1 1AE||0191 587 2223|
|Specsavers||Unit 10b, Byron Place SEAHAM SR7 7DR||0191 513 3030|
|Specsavers||2-4 King Street, RICHMOND DL10 4HP||01626 870513|
|Specsavers||88 Albany Mall, The Galleries WASHINGTON NE38 7RT||0191 419 2525|
|StewarT Eyecare||99 Front Street WHICKHAM NE16 4JL||0191 488 2474|
|T M Hedley||23 Front Street HETTON LE HOLD DH5 9PF||0191 526 3134|
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