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.

List of practices in Islington

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

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