Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham LOCal Optical Committee
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Minor Eye Conditions Service

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

What is MECS?

MECS stands for Minor Eye Conditions Service. It is a NHS funded service for all that are registered with a GP within Lambeth, Lewisham or Southwark. If you have a sudden concern with the health of your eyes or if your GP advises you to attend – you may be entitled to an appointment with a specifically accredited optometrist. These community based practices offer ease of access to highly trained health professionals with specialised equipment, with the aim of helping to manage your eye complaint. If you wish to self-refer to one of the specialised practices, please telephone the one which is most convenient to you to explain your symptoms and enquire as to whether you can book a 'MECS' appointment. A list of participating practices can be found by clicking on the link on the left hand side of the page. 

** News Flash** A recent article on eye health in London stated that 'as an example of innovation, a recent evaluation of over 2300 visits of a primary care minor eye condition scheme (MECS) in Lambeth and Lewisham, found that first attendances to hospital eye services referred by GPs dropped by 26.8% compared with a comparison area without MECS.  It (also) reported high patient satisfaction rates and close involvement of local ophthalmologists and local GPs.'

Map of Practices Involved

Below is an interactive map of which practices are accredited and seeing MECS patients.  Alternatively you can click here for a list of the participating practices.