MECS is an NHS funded service available to all patients aged 10 and over registered with a Newham GP. The service is designed for the assessment and treatment of recently occurring medical eye conditions.

The service is provided by local optometrists with the specialist knowledge and skills to carry out this work. Details of optometrists providing the service can be found by scrolling down the page.

The service does not replace the routine eye examination, eye tests or prescriptions for spectacles and a sight test will not be performed as part of the assessment or treatment and you will not be issued with a prescription for spectacles.

Eye Conditions Which Can Be Treated By MECS

The service is designed for recently occurring medical eye conditions
such as:

• Red eye(s)

• Signifcant recent discharge from or watering from the eye

• Mild trauma, for example a scratch to the outer surface of the eye(s) or lid(s)

• Suspected foreign body in the eye

• Mild pain and/or discomfort in the eyes

Eye Conditions Which Cannot Be Treated By MECS

If you have sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes, considerable eye pain or trauma, chemical injury or burns or recent eye surgery you should go directly to an A & E department.

How Do I Access MECS?

You can be referred by your GP practice – you may only need a leaflet stamped by the receptionist. You can also contact an approved optometrist directly (self-refer) and make an appointment. Ask to be seen under the minor eye condition service. Appointments are available during normal working hours and you will normally be seen within 48 hours or 24 hours for more urgent conditions.

You are free to contact any of the approved optometrists. However, only approved optometrists can provide this service on the NHS so it may not be your normal optometrist.

MECS Practices in Newham

AreaPractice AddressTelephone
E6Boleyn Eye Centre18 Barking Road, London, E6 3BP020 8552 9077
E6M M Beg 13 Plashet Grove, London, E6 1AD020 8221 1113
E6Specsavers Opticians, Sainsbury's Beckton Sainsbury's, 1 Claps Gate Lane, London, E6 6JF020 8131 3319
E6Specsavers Opticians43 High Street North, East Ham, London, E6 2JD020 8131 5877
E12Lais Opticians622 Romford Road, Manor Park, London, E12 5AQ020 8478 1631
E13Vision Academy 73 Plashet Road, London, E13 0QA020 8586 7132
E15Eye Emporium42 Broadway, London, E15 4QS020 8522 1034
E15Specsavers Opticians85 Stratford Centre, Stratford, London, E15 1XQ020 8131 9940
E16Specstore 32 Barking Road, Canning Town, E16 1EQ020 7476 4757
E20Boots Opticians31-31 Lower Ground Floor, The Arcade, Westfield, London, E20 1EH020 8221 2495
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