The service is for people registered with an Oxfordshire GP who are aged 6 or over. Children under 16 years must be accompanied at their appointment by an adult. The service is provided by a number of MECS registered optometrists across Oxfordshire. A list of participating optometrists can be found on this web page below.
You telephone an approved optometrist directly (self-refer) to make an appointment. On contacting 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 48 hours.
Appointments are available during normal working hours, Monday to Saturday - excluding Bank Holidays. Not all practices have an optometrist available every day but if they don't they will be able to find you an appointment elsewhere.
There are several leaflets available for our Minor Eye Conditions Service in Oxfordshire. Please click on any of the documents below for further information.Please note these documents are all A4 size but some of these documents need to be printed off as 'landscape' documents rather than 'portrait'. Please contact us if you have difficulty with this and we will email them to you.
What is the Oxfordshire Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)?
The Oxfordshire Minor Eye Conditions' Service provides assessment and treatment for people with recently occurring minor eye conditions.
The service is provided by MECS accredited optometrists (also known as opticians) across Oxfordshire who have specialist knowledge, training and skills.
Minor eye conditions that can be treated by the service include:
·Red eye or eyelids
·Dry, gritty, irritable and uncomfortable eyes
·Significant recent sticky or watery discharge from the eye
·Recently occurring flashes and/or floaters
·Painful eye including pain with bright lights
·Recent and sudden change in vision
·Foreign body in the eye
·Unusual eye appearance (lumps and bumps)
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 one of the participating optometry practices who will advise you.
Please note: If you have an eye condition that is being regularly monitored by your optometrist or hospital eye service, this will not be covered by MECS; for example cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.