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Minor Eye Conditions Services (MECS)

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
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