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.
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 http://www.eyecarewm.co.uk
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.