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Oxfordshire CCG has set up a service know as Oxfordshire Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) to allow patients living in Oxfordshire to see a local and specially trained optometrist for minor eye conditions instead of their GP.  This service is a free service, and is not an sight test.

If you have a red, sticky, itchy, dry or gritty eye, or a red patch has appeared in the last week or so, they advise that you contact a pharmacy.

Contact a MECS optometrist if you have: • Recently occurring flashes and/or floaters • Painful eye including pain with bright lights • Ingrowing eyelashes • Recent problems with your vision • Foreign body in the eye

More information can be found in their leaflet MECS leaflet

Our local participating opticians are Robert Stanley and Patricia Hayselden in Wallingford, the leaflet details of other local opticians.

The MECS optometrist will be able to suggest treatments and if they feel that you need to be seen in the Eye Casualty, they will be able to arrange this for you.

Eye emergencies should be seen at the John Radcliffe Oxford Eye Hospital Eye Casualty, or in A&E when the Eye Casualty is closed.

What is an eye emergency?

  • Chemical liquids splashed in the eye. 
  • An injury to the eye in which the eye ball or lids are lacerated or objects enter the eye, such as sharp instruments or metal. 
  • A suddenly blind and painful eye which causes sickness and general feeling of being unwell. 
  • After an eye operation, a suddenly painful, red, swollen eye in which the vision has unexpectedly deteriorated. 
  • Patients following corneal graft surgery in which there is no pain, but for whom vision has rapidly deteriorated. 
  • Shadows or 'curtaining' in the field of vision which is painless but may be associated with flashing lights or an increase in seeing black specks or blobs (floaters). 
  • A red and painful eye associated with wearing contact lenses. 
  • Painful eyes. 
  • Sudden loss of vision with no other symptoms.

  • Opening Hours for Oxford Eye Hospital Eye Casualty: Walk In Service for Eye Emergencies 
  • Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 8.30am - 3.30pm
  • Boxing Day and New Year's Day: 8.30am - 3.30pm (eye casualty emergency service)
  • Christmas: closed, with on-call service

If you have an urgent eye problem outside these hours, please contact your out-of-hours GP, dial 111 or come to the main Emergency Department (A&E).

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