Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

If you are worried about a recent eye condition, there is a free service to offer advice. There is no need to book a GP appointment first.


MECS is provided by the Community Health and Eye Care organisation.


The following eye conditions can be treated by this service:


  • Red eye
  • Dry, 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 or floaters
  • Painful eye
  • Ingrowing eyelashes
  • Recent and sudden reduced vision
  • Something in your eye


Further information on this service can be found at 




Call 01743 297027 or 01772 717167 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or email chec.stoptom@nhs.net to find out where your nearest optometry practice is so you can attend the MECS service.