What is 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 your local Minor Eye Conditions service.  


To make an appointment, call one of the opticians on the list.  You will be asked some questions about your symptoms in order to asssess how quickly you will need to be seen by the service, which will be within 24 hours in urgent cases and within a few days for routine appointments. 


The practice will also ask which GP you are registered with to ensure that the service is provided to those patients registered in the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group area.  (Out of area patients may not be able to access the service - please ensure you can be seen by checking the GP list contains your registered practice)


Please take your glasses and a list of your current medication with you the 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 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.  


You may also be advised to make an appointment with your GP if your eye condition is in relation to your general health. 


This is a free NHS service available from a number of local opticians in the Bedfordshire area.  Please see list below.  





MECS leaflet
Bedfordshire Mec leaflet update Dec 17.p[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [206.1 KB]
Practices providing the MECS service
Bedford Providers Website Dec 17.xlsx
Microsoft Excel sheet [11.3 KB]
Please check your GP practice is listed here.
Bedfordshire GP list.csv
Comma separated value file [7.6 KB]

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