Care Navigators – Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

Minor Eye Conditions Service.

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Services available

The patient can self-refer if they have started to experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Small eye injuries / foreign bodies
  • Flashing lights and new floaters
  • Red eyes
  • Distorted vision
  • Recent onset blurred vision
  • Eyelid cysts and styes
  • Recent onset double vision
  • Gritty and itchy eyes
  • Recent onset drooping eyelid


If the patient is registered with a Wakefield GP, the patient can access this local expert service rather than waiting for a GP appointment or referral to a specialist clinic. Please note that the MEC service is not for long standing eye conditions.

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Who is the service for?

MECS is a way for people who are experiencing acute eye problems (problems that have begun very recently) to get the help they need quickly and easily.

In the past, people experiencing acute eye problems would usually have to go to their GP. The GP would then refer them to a specialist eye clinic. This could be a slow process – frustrating for the patient and wasteful for the health service because often the problem would turn out to be simple to resolve.

Now, with MECS, any patient can arrange to come directly to a specialist optician who is involved in the scheme.

This is called ‘self-referral’ and is as simple as ringing to make an appointment.
 Remember – this service is only available for people who are registered with a GP in the Wakefield area.

What happens at the appointment?

At your MECS appointment we will carry out a full clinical examination. Most conditions can be treated easily there and then.

Other acute eye problems may require the help of an ophthalmologist. If this is the case, we can help make the referral for the patient, making it easier to get the patient the treatment they need as quickly as possible.

Participating opticians in WF1 - Wakefield Central

Boots Opticians
1 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 1HE
Call: 01924 387411

Bayfields Opticians Wakefield Ltd T/A Pattersons
72 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3BX
Call: 01924 374282

JR Morton (Wakefield) Ltd
24-25 The Springs, Wakefield, WF1 1QA
Call: 01924 373117

Pollards Optical Clinic
21 Cross Square, Wakefield, WF1 1PQ
Call: 01924 373697

Specsavers Optical Superstores Ltd T/A Wakefield Specsavers Ltd
30-32 Little Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 1JY
Call: 01924 383500

Participating opticians in WF1 - Wakefield Periphery

Valli Opticians (Wakefield) Ltd
545 Leeds Road, Outwood, Wakefield, WF1 2PN
Call: 01924 822102

Participating opticians in WF4 & WF5 - Ossett, Horbury, Middlestown & Netherton

Auckland (Opticians) Ltd
9 High Street, Horbury, Wakefield, WF4 5AB
Call: 01924 272522

Bayfields Opticians Ltd (Formerly Date Opticians)
5 Wesley Street, Ossett, Wakefield, WF5 8ER
Call: 01924 260490

Aucklands Opticians, Ossett (Formerly UH Ltd T/A A C Smith Opticians)
27 Towngate, Ossett, Wakefield, WF5 9BL
Call: 01924 263313

Participating opticians in WF6 - Normanton

Moorhouse Opticians Ltd
32 High Street, Normanton, Wakefield, WF6 2AB
Call: 01924 893202

Participating opticians in WF7 - Ackworth & Featherstone

Moorhouse Opticians Ltd
19/21 Station Lane, Featherstone, Wakefield, WF7 5BE
Call: 01977 791714

Participating opticians in WF8 - Pontefract

Bayfields Opticians
32 Ropergate, Pontefract, WF8 1LY
Call: 01977 702565

Boots Opticians
15 Woolmarket, Pontefract, WF8 1AZ
Call: 0345 1253758

Living Care
Northgate Medical Centre, Northgate, Pontefract, WF8 1NF
Call: 0113 2494655

Smartspec T/A Brosgill Opticians
4 Market Place, Pontefract, WF8 1AX
Call: 01977 780974

Moorhouse Opticians Ltd
51 Ropergate, Pontefract, WF8 1JY
Call: 01977 703307

Specsavers Optical Superstores Ltd T/A Pontefract Specsavers Ltd
14 Woolmarket, Pontefract, WF8 1AZ
Call: 01977 602600

Participating opticians in WF9 - Hemsworth, South Elmsall, Havercroft & Upton

D Bank Eyecare
55 Barnsley Road, South Elmsall, Pontefract, WF9 2QW
Call: 01977 642244

McCormack Opticians Ltd
73/75 Kirkby Road, Hemsworth, WF9 4AS
Call: 01977 613310

McCormack Opticians Ltd
Rycroft Primary Care Centre, Madeley Road, Havercroft, WF4 2QG
Call: 01226 725555

Moorhouse Opticians Ltd
4 Highfield Road, Hemsworth, Pontefract, WF9 4DP
Call: 01977 611744

South Kirkby Eyecare Ltd
Church View Medical Centre, Langthwaite Road, South Kirkby, WF9 3AP
Call: 01977 648844

Specsavers Optical Superstores Ltd T/A South Emsall Specsavers Ltd
10 Barnsley Road, South Emsall, WF9 2SE
Call: 01977 7648182

Participating opticians in WF10 - Castleford

Premier Optical
Unit 36, Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre, Castleford, WF10 1AD
Call: 01977 550222

Specsavers Optical Superstores Ltd T/A Castleford Specsavers Ltd
54E Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1AH
Call: 01977 603300

Moorhouse Opticians
103 Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1DX
Call: 01977 552312

VisionCare Optometry
19 Sagar Street, Castleford, WF10 1AG
Call: 01977 552361

Vision Value Opticians Ltd T/A iVision Opticians
73 Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1DE
Call: 01977 552776

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