Minor Eye Conditions Community Service (MECs) is an NHS funded service available to all patients aged 10 or over registered with a Newham GP. Assessment and treatment of recently occurring medical eye conditions is provided by local optometrists with the specialist knowledge and skills to carry out this work.

The service does not replace the routine eye examination, eye tests or prescriptions for spectacles. A sight test is not performed as part of the assessment or treatment, and prescriptions are not offered for spectacles. The service also offers glaucoma repeat measurement and refinement and cataract screening.

Eligibility criteria


Patients presenting the following conditions will be seen by the MECs service:

  • loss of vision including transient loss [consider differential diagnosis (TIA, Temporal Arteritis)]
  • ocular pain
  • systemic disease affecting the eye
  • differential diagnosis of red eye
  • foreign body and emergency contact lens removal (not by the fitting practitioner)
  • dry eye
  • epiphora (watery eye)
  • trichiasis (in growing eyelashes)
  • differential diagnosis of lumps and bumps in the vicinity of the eye
  • recent onset of diplopia [consider stroke; binocular diplopia always significant]
  • flashes/floaters
  • retinal lesions


Patients with the following condition cannot be seen by the MECs service

  • severe ocular pain requiring immediate attention
  • severe infection
  • suspected retinal detachment
  • retinal artery occlusion
  • chemical injuries
  • penetrating trauma
  • orbital cellulitis
  • temporal arteritis
  • ischaemic optic neuropathy
  • binocular double vision

The treatment of long-term chronic conditions is not included within the service:

  • diabetic retinopathy
  • long-standing adult squints
  • long-standing diplopia

List of practices in Newham

Boots Opticians Stratford
31-32 Lower Ground Floor, The Arcade, Westfield, London, E20 1EH
Tel: 020 8221 2495
Mon: 9.30am-6pm; Wed, Thur 10.30am-7pm; Fri: 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm

Specsavers Opticians, Sainsbury’s Beckton
Sainsbury’s, 1 Claps Gate Lane, London, E6 6JF
Tel: 020 8470 0800
Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm; Sun: 11am-5.30pm


Eye Emporium
42 Broadway, London E15 4QS
Tel: 020 8522 1034
Mon-Sat: 9.30am-5.30pm

Specsavers Opticians, Stratford
85 Stratford Centre, Stratford, London, E15 1XQ
Tel: 020 8221 1113
Mon-Fri: 9.30am-6.30pm; Sat: 9am- pm; Sun: 10am-5pm


M M Beg
13 Plashet Grove, London, E6 1AD
Tel: 020 8472 8028
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat: 10.30am-6pm; Tue and Sun: 10.30am-2pm

32 Barking Road, Canning Town, E16 1EQ
Tel: 020 7476 4745
Mon, Wed, Fri: 10am-3pm


Specsavers Opticians, East Ham
3 High Street North, East Ham, London, E6 2JD
Tel: 020 8470 0800
Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm; Sat: 9.30am-6pm; Sun: 10am-4pm

Vision Academy
73 Plashet Road, London, E13 0QA
Tel: 020 8586 7132
Mon-Fri: 9.30am-5.30pm; Sat: 10am-5.30pm
Please phone 07938304025 during lockdown or email info@vaopticians.co.uk

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