Folder Eye Health (Ophthalmology)

New Eye health Leaflets

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has produced new information leaflets designed to help patients recognise and treat eye conditions. The leaflets form part of the AOP’s patient resources – a suite of more than 10 leaflets and videos on eye health including sight-threatening conditions such as AMD and glaucoma.

Moorfields Eye Hospital also produced patient information leaflets for a wide range of eye conditions.

Community Medical Opthalmology Service

Solihull’s Community Medical Ophthalmology Service operated by The Practice Group provide a range of GP-referred and Optometrist referred services for Solihull GP practice registered patients, including the following conditions for children aged 6 -17 plus adults here. There are 3 clinic locations:

The Practice has also produced a range of eye condition patient leaflets and videos which can be read and viewed from the following weblink:

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

        • This is an NHS funded service available for patients with minor eye problems.
        • The service is for patients registered with Solihull GP practices.
        • It is for people of all ages – adults and children.
        • Children U16 years must be accompanied at their appointment by an adult.
        • Patients will be referred to the new service by their GP, Pharmacist or Optician where appropriate.
        • Patients can self-refer into the service - To find your nearest practice in Solihull and the surrounding areas who are MECS accredited visit

You can be seen by your local Minor Eye Conditions Service, if you have a recent eye problem such as:

        • Red eye
        • 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

A&E may be most appropriate for more serious eye conditions or injuries such as:

        • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
        • 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

The aim of the MECS service is:

      • To assist patients and carers with self-care, education and care planning where necessary
      • To improve the patient experience and offer access to a choice of services using the existing network of optometry practices
      • To deliver a timely, easily accessible, high quality optometry and ophthalmology service across Solihull
      • To expand the number of locations where patients can be treated
      • To streamline the referral and treatment process resulting in a reduction in patient waiting times and improved access
      • To reduce the number of follow-up outpatient appointments
      • To improve communication between specialists and the patient’s GP
      • To reduce the number of unnecessary secondary care referrals for non-urgent eye conditions
      • To provide value for money for the NHS.


pdf AMD leaflet (461 downloads) Popular Download (pdf, 403 KB)
pdf Blepharitis leaflet (488 downloads) Popular Download (pdf, 308 KB)
pdf Cataracts leaflet (426 downloads) Popular Download (pdf, 269 KB)
pdf Childrens eye health leaflet (452 downloads) Popular Download (pdf, 178 KB)
pdf Dry eye leaflet (526 downloads) Popular Download (pdf, 422 KB)
pdf Equality impact assessment community ophthalmology redesign (294 downloads) Popular Download (pdf, 3.69 MB)
pdf Flashesandfloaters leaflet (459 downloads) Popular Download (pdf, 237 KB)
pdf Glaucoma leaflet (460 downloads) Popular Download (pdf, 329 KB)
pdf Meibomian gland dysfunction leaflet (649 downloads) Popular Download (pdf, 281 KB)
document Solihull Community Medical Ophtalmology Service The Practice Child and Adult Conditions Seen (174 downloads) Popular Download (docx, 23 KB)