Minor Eye Conditions Service



Who can use this service?

Anyone over the age of 10 years old, living and registered with a GP in Waltham Forest can self-refer to be seen in the Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) for specialist Care.

The service provides free treatment to patients with a range of eye conditions, being seen by local optometrists with the knowledge and skill to see patients at a number of approved optician's practices - saving them a visit to the GP or hospital. 

There is no need to make a GP appointment, visit Accident and Emergency or eye casualty departments if you are suffering with any of the conditions listed below. 

Patients 18 years and over

  • Red eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Lesions and abrasions
  • Visual field defects
  • Blepharitis (condition where the edges of the eyelids become red and swollen)

Patients 10 Years and over

  • Reduction in vision in one or both eyes
  • Blepharitis and Meibomian Cyst (Inflammation or a lump in the upper or lower eyelid)
  • Red Eye (also known as bloodshot eyes).


Approved Opticians you can contact to request an appointment with the Minor Eye Conditions Service