St Helens CCG and Halton CCG jointly commission a Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) from Primary Eye Care Services, a national company supporting Local Optical Committees. The MECS service was launched in November 2015, and provides assessment and treatment for people with recently occurring minor eye conditions.

Research has shown that 40% of people who were referred to hospital for a first ophthalmic outpatient consultant could be referred to a community-based eye service for assessment and treatment, or onward referral to an appropriate Hospital Eye Department. The benefits of the MECS service include increased local access for patients, reduced first ophthalmology outpatient appointments and secondary care follow ups and fewer appointments in general practice.

MECS is for everyone, from young children to mature adults and is provided by MECS accredited optometrists across St Helens (and Halton) who have specialist training and skills. Minor eye conditions that can be treated by the service include:

  • Severe Eye pain
  • Red eyes
  • Foreign body in the eye
  • In growing eyelash
  • Sudden-onset loss of vision
  • Flashes or floaters in the vision
  • Dry, gritty, sticky or watery eyes

Patients can self-refer by calling a participating practice or they may be referred into the service by staff at their GP practice, a pharmacist, NHS 111 or another optometrist.

To book an appointment, please contact one of the participating Opticians who will offer the service, Monday to Saturday, within usual opening hours.

This page includes some documents providing more details, including leaflets on common conditions involved as well as lists of providers of the services and pharmacies that can dispense the written orders for treatments. If you have any questions, or wish to discuss this further, contact the Chairman on bob@rdwilkes.co.uk