Minor Eye Care Service (MECS)

The service provides urgent eye assessments for patients complaining of recent minor eye conditions.

What conditions may be seen by MECS ?

  • Red eye or eyelids with no reduced vision
  • Dry or gritty, or itchy and uncomfortable eyes. Patients should have tried a “DRY EYE” drop (available from most opticians or pharmacies) for a minimum of two weeks with no improvement before presenting for a MECS appointment.
  • Ingrowing eyelashes– if recurrent problem then referral may be required and not a MECS appointment. Please speak to your own optician for advice BEFORE booking a MECS appointment
  • Mild eye pain (on a scale of 1-5): 1-3 improving with painkillers
  • Irritation and inflammation of the eye
  • Superficial Foreign body in the eye
  • Significant recent sticky discharge from the eye or watery eye
  • Recent flashes or floaters less than 3 months with no loss of vision and / or no obstruction across vision
  • Recent loss or distortion of vision more than 48 hours and less than 3 months with no pain

Please go to the following link: Minor Eye Care Service – Plymouth Hospitals