If you have a new eye problem that has started recently, this service can assess and treat you. MECS is a free service available from accredited optometrists in Wolverhampton.
When to use MECS
The MECS service is available as an alternative option to presenting at Accident & Emergency for the diagnosis and treatment of minor eye conditions. MECS can be accessed on a self-referral basis or alternatively your GP may refer you onto MECS if appropriate.
Recent 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 or sudden increase of flashes and floaters
• Painful eye
• In-growing eyelashes
• Recent and sudden reduced vision
• Something in your eye
Please note this is not an eyesight test.
If you are unsure whether your symptoms can be assessed and treated by the service, please contact a participating optometrist who will advise you.
If you have an eye condition that is being monitored by your GP or the hospital, contact your GP practice or hospital department in the first instance.
MECS is most certainly an alternative to A&E, where we know some patients currently go. There are some circumstances, however, when only A&E will do:
• Considerable eye pain
• Significant trauma such as penetrating injury or lacerations to the eye or eyelid
• Chemical injury or burns
• Problems arising from recent eye surgery
You should go to A&E after 5pm and at weekends, if participating optometrist practices are closed and you need urgent advice.
Make an appointment
Once you have found a participating optometrist you can call or visit your chosen one.
You will be asked some questions about your symptoms, to assess how quickly you need to be seen by the service. Depending on your symptoms, you will be seen within one or two working days.
Appointments are available during normal working hours. Some optometrists offer appointments at the weekend.
The optometrist may put drops in your eyes to enlarge your pupils, 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.
What should I take with me?
- A list of your current medication
- If you wear glasses, please take them with you
What happens next?
- If your 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 optician will make a referral for you
- If your eye condition is related to your general health, you may be advised to make an appointment with your GP
- If you need medication, you may be advised to contact your local pharmacist
Find a participating optometrist
If you are registered with a Wolverhampton GP practice and/or live in the city boundaries, you can use MECS.
To see the full list of optometrists providing MECS please see the list below. You can also look for the MECS logo in optician's windows.
|Lichfield Street Opticians||44 Lichfield Street||Wolverhampton||WV1 1DG||01902 420348|
|Scrivens||6/8 Lichfield Street||Wolverhampton||WV1 1DG||01902 424775|
|Specsavers Opticians||58/59 Wulfrun Centre||Wolverhampton||WV1 3HG||01902 715844|
|Marsh Optical||13a Cleveland Street||Wolverhampton||WV1 3HH||01902 420919|
|Roger K Flatters Optometrist||35 Queen Street||Wolverhampton||West Midlands||WV1 3JW||01902 423359|
|Boots Opticians||The Mander Centre||Wolverhampton||West Midlands||WV1 3NN||01902 711755|
|4 Sight Eyecare Opticians||14 Central Arcade||Mander Centre||Wolverhampton||WV1 4ET||01902 714559|
|Focus Eye Clinic||Unit 6, Crossways Shopping Centre||Heathtown||Wolverhampton||WV10 0BQ||01902 546820|
|Miracle Eyes Opticians||Unit 4, Marsh Lane Parade||Three Tuns, Fordhouses||Wolverhampton||WV10 6RT||01902 789900|
|Overton Eyecare||743 Cannock Road||The Scotlands||Wolverhampton||WV10 8PN||01902 731158|
|Miracle Eyes Opticians||5 Showell Circus||Low Hill||Wolverhampton||WV10 9BA||01902 865873|
|4 Sight Eyecare Opticians||1 Raynor Parade, Raynor Road||Fallings Park||Wolverhampton||WV10 9QY||01902 723449|
|Prab Boparai Opticians||339a Bushbury Lane||Bushbury||Wolverhampton||WV10 9UL||01902 655901|
|Flint And Partners||11 Church Street||Wednesfield||Wolverhampton||WV11 1SR||01902 719850|
|Ashmore Park Opticians||54 Griffiths Drive||Wednesfield||Wolverhampton||WV11 2JW||01902 739777|
|Jacksons Opticians||53a Church St||Bilston||West Midlands||WV14 0AX||01902 491358|
|Specsavers Opticians||84 Church Street||Bilston||WV14 OAX||01902 407940|
|Scrivens||9 Market Way||Bilston||WV14 ODR||01902 496471|
|Vision Clinic||422b Dudley Road||Blakenhall||Wolverhampton||WV2 3AH||01902 455507|
|H W Williams Optometrist||6 Trysull Rd||Bradmore||Wolverhampton||WV3 7HT||01902 620352|
|John L Powell Opticians||236 Coalway Rd||Merry Hill||Wolverhampton||WV3 7NN||01902 332485|
|Flint and Partners||59 Tettenhall Rd||Wolverhampton||West Midlands||WV3 9NB||01902 422096|
|Miracle Eyes Opticians||317a Penn Rd||Penn||Wolverhampton||WV4 5QF||01902 621111|
|Beacon Opticians Plus+||With Beacon Centre of the blind||Wolverhampton Road East||Wolverhampton||WV4 6AZ||01902 880111|
|NVision Ltd||Unit 17, The Avion Centre||Whitmore Reans||Wolverhampton||WV6 0QN||01902 779077|
|Taylor Biddle Opticians||39 Bridgnorth Road||Compton||Wolverhampton||WV6 8AF||01902 750325|
|S & M Sheward Opticians||10 High Street||Tettenhall||Wolverhampton||WV6 8QT||01902 757454|