If you have had a recent eye condition this service can assess and treat you. MECS (previously known as PEARS) is a free service available from accredited opticians in Wolverhampton.
When to use MECS
The MECS service is available as an alternative option to presenting at Accident & Emergency for the diagnosis and treatment of minor eye conditions. MECS can be accessed on a self-referral basis or alternatively your GP may refer you onto MECS if appropriate.
Recent eye conditions that can be treated by the service include:
• Red eye or eyelids
• Dry eye, gritty and uncomfortable eyes
• Irritation and inflammation of the eye
• Significant recent sticky discharge from the eye or watery eye
• Recently occurring or sudden increase of flashes and floaters
• Painful eye
• In-growing eyelashes
• Recent and sudden reduced vision
• Something in your eye
Please note this is not an eyesight test.
If you are unsure whether your symptoms can be assessed and treated by the service, please contact a participating optician who will advise you.
If you have an eye condition that is being monitored by your GP or the hospital, contact your GP practice or hospital department in the first instance.
You should go to A&E if you have...
MECS is most certainly an alternative to A&E, where we know some patients currently go. There are some circumstances, however, when only A&E will do:
• Considerable eye pain
• Significant trauma such as penetrating injury or lacerations to the eye or eyelid
• Chemical injury or burns
• Problems arising from recent eye surgery
You should go to A&E after 5pm and at weekends, if participating opticians are closed and you need urgent advice.
Find a participating optician
If you are registered with a Wolverhampton GP practice and/or live in the city boundaries, you can use MECS.
To see the full list of opticians providing MECS click here.
Make an appointment
Once you have found a participating optician you can call or visit your chosen one.
You will be asked some questions about your symptoms, to assess how quickly you need to be seen by the service. Depending on your symptoms, you will be seen within one or two working days.
Appointments are available during normal working hours. Some opticians offer appointments at the weekend.
The optician may put drops in your eyes to enlarge your pupils, to get a better view inside your eyes. You should not drive until the effects of these drops have worn off, which may take a few hours.
What should I take with me?
- A list of your current medication
- If you wear glasses, please take them with you
What happens next?
- If your condition is more serious, the optician will book you an urgent appointment at a hospital eye clinic
- If you need a routine appointment with a hospital, the optician will make a referral for you
- If your eye condition is related to your general health, you may be advised to make an appointment with your GP
- If you need medication, you may be advised to contact your local pharmacist
Bringing Wolverhampton eyecare into focus
Eye Carumba! The Wolverhampton Minor Eye Conditions (MECs) service has inspired a song and music video, created by a talented University student.
Thanks to a collaboration between Wolverhampton CCG and the University of Wolverhampton, Daniel Tween kept his eyes on the prize and developed a catchy tune.
‘Bringing eye care into focus’, has an eye-popping ukulele sound and focuses on the benefits of going to the opticians for your eye concerns, meaning you don’t have to wait for hours in an emergency room.
Daniel is proud of what he’s produced and enjoyed writing a song with so many eye-catching (sorry) puns:
“It was really fun! I had a great writing and filming the song, I’ve used eye services before so I understand how important they can be so I really wanted to inject a bit of fun into going to get your eyes checked”
Dr Bush, Wolverhampton GP & Clinical Lead of NHS Wolverhampton CCG is hoping that the message behind Dan’s song will help reduce this number even further;
"There is some great musical talent in the University, and Dan has done a fantastic job of highlighting the conveniance of MECs to local people, who can now avoid those lengthy waits at A&E and the GP."