If you have a recent eye problem, such as sore eyes, red eyes or visual disturbance you can be seen by your local Minor Eye Conditions Service.
Conditions such as:
- 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
you can be seen under the service.
If you suffer from a major eye condition such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma you can not be seen under the service.
You must be registered with a Birmingham and Solihull CCG GP to use the service. Check on www.eyecarewm.co.uk
It is for people of all ages, children under 16 years must be accompanied at their appointment by an adult.
To make an appointment, call a participating optician (details are below - please follow link)
You will be asked some questions about your symptoms in order to assess how quickly you need to be see by the service, which will be within 24 hours in urgent cases and within a few days for routine appointments.
Please take your glasses and a list of your current medication with you to the appointment. The optometrist may put drops in your eyes to enlarge your pupils in order to get a better view of your eyes. You should not drive until the effects of these drops have worn off, which may take a few hours.
If your condition is more serious, the optometrist will book you an urgent appointment at a hospital eye clinic.