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Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECs)

There is a new service for patients experiencing a minor eye condition. The service offers patients registered with a Bedfordshire GP access to appointments with optometry practices authorised to provide the service – reducing pressure for GP appointments and A&E attendances.

Conditions that can be seen under the service include:

  • Red eye or eyelids
  • Dry eye, or gritty and uncomfortable eyes
  • Irritation and inflammation of the eye
  • Significant recent sticky discharge from the eye or watery eye
  • Recently occurring flashes or floaters
  • In-growing eyelashes
  • Recent and sudden loss of vision
  • Foreign body in the eye

How does a patient make an appointment via the new service?

Patients need to make an appointment with one of the authorised optometry practices. Patients will be asked some questions about their symptoms in order to assess how quickly they need to be seen by the service, which will be within 24 hours for urgent cases and within a few days for routine appointments. Patients will need to take their glasses and any current medication with them to their appointment.

This is a free NHS service for patients registered with a GP in Bedfordshire, available from the following Biggleswade Opticians:

Adam Loveday, 99 - 101 High Street, Biggleswade, SG18 0LA 01767 600545

Specsavers Biggleswade, 20/21 Market Square, Biggleswade, SG18 8AS 01767 314247

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