East London and City Local Optical Committee
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Minor Eye Conditions Service

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) 

What is MECS?

MECS is a free service available to all patients registered with a City and Hackney GP, Islington GP, and Tower Hamlets 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 be seen within 48 hours but usually on the same day.

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

Participating Practices: City & Hackney







Opening Hours






Dalston Cross


Unit 18, Dalston Cross

Shopping Centre,

E8 2LX



09:00 -18:00,

Wed 10:00-18:00,

Sun 11:00-17:00



7254 7664







163 Stoke Newington

Road, Stoke

Newington, N16 8BP


Mo-Sat 09:00-18:00

Closed Bank Holidays



7254 4299





London Wall


150-151 Salisbury House Shops, London Wall, EC2M 5QD 


Mo-Thu 09:00-19:00,

Fri 09:00-18:00,

Sat 10:00-17:00,


020 7330 1130




Rose Opticians


27 Lower Clapton Road,

London, E5 0NS


Mon-Sat 09:00-18:00



8985 1971 020




Silverman Opticians


176 Clapton Common,

London, E5 9AG


Mon 09:30-19:30,

Tue-Thu 09:30 - 17:30,

Fri 09:30-13:00,

Sat Closed,

Sun 10:00-16:00.

Open Bank Holidays,

Closed Jewish Holidays



8211 7575



Participating Practices: Islington

Insight Opticians 
24 Chapel Market, London, N1 9EZ 
Tel: 020 8278 1212

68 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QP 
Tel: 020 7278 8480

Specsavers Holloway 
11 Seven Sisters Road, London, N7 6AJ 
Tel: 020 7263 6006

Specsavers Islington 
68 Chapel Market, London, N1 9ER 
Tel: 020 7520 1770

Participating Practices: Tower Hamlets


In Focus Optics, Cannon Street Road
149 Cannon Street Road, E1 2LX
Tel: 020 7488 4523

In Focus Optics, White Horse Lane
94 White Horse Lane, E1 4LR
Tel: 020 7791 0692


Specsavers, Bethnal Green
Unit 1, 409 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AN
Tel: 020 7324 7520


Eye Emporium, 424 Roman Road, Bow E3 5LU
Tel: 020 8980 6363


Boots Opticians, Canary Wharf
Jubilee Place, 45 Bank St, Canary Wharf, E14 5NY
Tel: 020 7719 1105

In Focus Optics, Poplar
Unit 1, 223 East India Dock Road, E14 0ED
Tel: 020 7987 2364