Waltham Forest minor eye conditions service extended to children aged 10 and over

Children aged 10 and over registered with a GP in Waltham Forest can now use the borough’s Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) for specialist care.

The service, which was launched last year for adults, provides free treatment to patients with a range of eye conditions – saving them a visit to the GP or hospital.

It has now been extended so that appointments can be booked for children aged 10 and over who are suffering from:

  • Reduction in vision in one or both eyes
  • Blepharitis and Meibomian Cyst (Inflammation or a lump in the upper or lower eyelid)
  • Red Eye (also known as bloodshot eyes).

MECS is a self-referring service provided by local optometrists with the knowledge and skills to see patients at a number of approved optician’s practices.

As with the adult service, there is no need to make a GP appointment or visit the accident and emergency or eye casualty departments at Whipps Cross hospital if a child over 10 is suffering from one of the four conditions listed above.

Dr Tonia Myers, a local GP and Clinical Director for Children’s and Young People’s Services at NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“Minor eye conditions can be alarming for parents, so we are very pleased that they can now seek help for children aged 10 or over from eye specialists located across the borough, without needing to get an appointment with their GP or visiting the hospital.”

People aged 18 and over registered with a GP in Waltham Forest can use MECS for treatment for:

  • Differential diagnosis of red eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Lid lesions
  • Dots and lines (floaters/flashing lights)
  • Retinal lesions
  • Visual field defects
  • Corneal abrasion (scratched cornea or scratched eye)
  • Blepharitis (condition where the edges of the eyelids become red and swollen)
  • Epiphora (excessive watering of the eye)
  • Chalazion (firm round lump in the upper or lower eyelid)
  • Pingueculum (yellowish, slightly raised thickening of the conjunctiva on the white part of the eye)
  • Pterygium (pinkish, triangular tissue growth on the cornea of the eye).

Patients registered with a GP in Waltham Forest can contact any of the approved practices below to request an appointment with the Minor Eye Conditions Service.

  • Henry Morgan: 3 Bank Buildings, Highams Park, E4 9LE; Phone: 020 8527 2723
  • Scrivens Opticians: 583 Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, E10 6AJ; Phone: 020 8509 2467
  • Specsavers Chingford: 26 Old Church Rd, Chingford E4 8DD; Phone: 020 8506 3780
  • Specsavers Walthamstow: 203 High St, Walthamstow, E17 7BH; Phone: 020 8520 7200
  • Care Optics: 14 The Broadway, Woodfod Green, IG8 0HL; Phone: 020 3551 6075
  • K Bahri Opticians: 188 High Rd, Woodford Green, IG8 9EF; Phone: 020 8504 0438
  • Rose Opticians: 583 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, Ilford, IG2 6JZ; Phone: 020 8551 5353
  • Forest Gate Eye Clinic and Home Visits: 47 Woodford Rd, Forest Gate, London E7 0DJ; Phone: 020 8181 9171.

For more information visit http://www.walthamforestccg.nhs.uk/news/