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The three services available in Sandwell and West Birmingham are MECS, which offers rapid assessment of people with recent onset eye problems; cataract referral; and IOPRM which enables improved assessment of eye pressure in an eye examination.

If you are concerned about your eyes or your sight, contact us or one of the practices on the participating practice list for further guidance or rapid assessment.

List of Sandwell and West Birmingham area practices

Use the search box at the top of the table to search for a specific practice, or town e.g. Smethwick.

Gallery Opticians52E Lozells Road Lozells B19 2TJ0121 554 2563YES
CLOSED Roger Meredith Opticians6 High Street Cradley Heath B64 5HP01384 566770CLOSED
I M Hadfield Optometrists162 Beeches Road Great Barr B42 2HN0121 357 1748YES
CLOSED Arnold & Arnold
17-18 High Street Cradley Heath B64 5HG
01384 561969
CURRENTLY CLOSED Scrivens93 Corporation Street Windsor Arcade B2 4UG0121 236 7583CLOSED
Eye ExpressOne Stop Shopping Centre Perry Barr B42 1AA0121 356 7115YES
CLOSED Cape Opticians79 Cape Hill Smethwick B66 4SG0121-558-0148CLOSED
Onkar Eye Centre98 Soho Road Handsworth B21 9DP0121 554 8341YES
Eye 2 Eye814 Stratford Road Sparkhill B11 4BS0121 777 2521YES
CLOSED Eye Express909 Walsall Road Great Barr B43 1TN0121 357 6465CLOSED
CLOSED Bainbridge Opometrists502 Bearwood Road Smethwick B66 4BX0121 429 6006YES
CLOSED Manjot Optical387 Dudley Road Winson Green B18 4HD0121 555 6524CLOSED
CLOSED Focus Eye Clinic65 Rupert Street Nechells B7 5DT0121 359 2666CLOSED
CLOSED Ward (Ophthalmic Opticians)76 Oxhill Road Handsworth B21 9RH0121 554 8949CLOSED
Portway Opticians51a New Birmingham Road Tividale, Oldbury B69 2JQ01902 420348YES
Stokes Opticians4-6 Carters Green West Bromwich B70 9LW0121 553 0330YES
David Wright Opticians178 Halesowen Road Cradley Heath B64 6HU01384 568622YES
Urban Opticians536 Moseley Road Balsall Heath B12 9AE0121 440 0499YES
CLOSED Cacoullis Opticians31 Birmingham Street Oldbury B69 4DY0121552 2550CLOSED
Eyestyle Opticians71A Great Bridge Tipton DY4 7HF0121 557 1523YES
Colin Lee Opticians14 Newton Road Great Barr B43 6BN0121-357 7890YES
Specsavers OpticiansNew Square Shopping Centre West bromwich B70 7PP0121 553 0685YES
CURRENTLY CLOSED Scrivens Opticians575 Bearwood Road Smethwick B66 4BH0121 422 3007CLOSED
Spectrum Opticians14 Waterloo Road, Smethwick, B66 4JW0121 565 4505YES
Hamstead Eyecare4 International House Old Walsall Road B421NN0121 679 4493YES
CLOSED KG Miles349A Soho Road Handsworth B21 9SE0121 554 2130CLOSED
Specsavers Opticians599 Bearwood Road Smethwick B66 4BJ0121 420 0340YES
specs direct150 Lozells road lozells B19 2SK0121 507 1661YES
Clear Vision81 Rookery Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands.B21 9QX0121 523 8383
M Davda364 Witton Road Aston B6 6PD0121 327 7792YES
CURRENTLY CLOSED Scrivens Opticians496 Hagley Road Oldbury B68 0DJ 0121 422 3007 CLOSED
CLOSED Clifford Brown Opticians
37 Cape Hill Birmingham B66 4RX
0121 558 1621
CLOSED Bansal Opticians381 Soho Road Handsworth B21 9SF0121 554 5662CLOSED
CURRENTLY CLOSED Scrivens Opticians1-2 International House Old Walsall Road, Hamstead, Birmingham, West Midlands.B42 1NN0121 357 3182CLOSED
CLOSED Eye Centre Opticians289 Dudley Road Winson Green B18 4HA0121 454 6569CLOSED
CLOSED S P H Opticians18 Great Bridge Tipton DY4 7HA0121 557 1875CLOSED
CLOSED Eyedeal Eyewear104 High St, Cradley Heath B64 5HE01384 412000CLOSED
Specsavers Blackheath170 High Street Blackheath, B65 0DX0121 559 5816YES
R J Owen Opticians10 Warren Farm Road Kingstanding B44 0QU0121 373 5790YES
CLOSED Eyeland Opticians4 High Street, Black Heath, West Midlands, B65 0DT 0121 559 1054CLOSED
Specsavers Opticians14-15 New Street Birmingham B2 4RQ0121 616 2220YES
Eyecare OpticiansThe Bank Building, Langley High Street Oldbury B69 4SN0121 552 4698 YES
CURRENTLY CLOSED Scrivens Opticians9 Birmingham Street Oldbury B69 4DT0121 552 1189CLOSED


This leaflet provides general patient information on the Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS).

The Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) provides assessment and treatment for people with recently occurring minor eye conditions. The service is provided by MECS accredited optometrists (also known as opticians) across Sandwell and West Birmingham who have specialist knowledge, training and skills. Minor eye conditions that can be treated by the service include:

– Red eye or eyelids
– Dry eye, gritty and uncomfortable eyes
– Irritation and inflammation of the eye
– Significant recent sticky discharge from the eye or watery eye
– Recently occurring flashes and floaters
– Painful eye – Ingrowing eyelashes
– Recent and sudden loss of vision
– Foreign body in the eye

If you are concerned about your eyes or eyesight, or if you are unsure whether your symptoms can be assessed and treated by the service, please contact one of the participating optometry practices who will advise you.

NOTE: If you have an eye condition that is being regularly monitored by your optometrist or hospital eye service, this will not be covered by MECS; for example cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.

Who is the service for?

The service is for people registered with a Sandwell and West Birmingham GP. It is for people of all ages – adults and children. Children under 16 years must be accompanied at their appointment by an adult.

How do I book an appointment with the service?

The service is provided by a number of registered optometrists across Sandwell and West Birmingham. You telephone an approved optometrist directly (self-refer) to make an appointment. On contacting the optometry practice, you will be asked some questions about your symptoms in order to assess how quickly you need to be seen by the service. Depending on your symptoms, you will be seen within 24 or 48 hours.

Appointments are available during normal working hours. Some optometry practices offer appointments at the weekend.

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 inside your eyes. You should not drive until the effects of these drops have worn off, which may take a few hours.

What will happen at my appointment?

The optometrist will discuss your eye history and the symptoms you are experiencing. You will receive an eye assessment, advice and treatment appropriate to your symptoms. You may need a follow-up appointment, and if so, this will be booked at the end of your first appointment.

If your condition is more serious, the optometrist will book you an urgent appointment at a hospital eye clinic for care.

If you need a routine appointment with a hospital, the optometrist will refer you for this.

You may also be advised to make an appointment with your GP if you eye condition is related to your general health.

Information or Communication Support Needs.

If you have specific information or communication support needs, please let the practice know in advance at the time of booking your appointment.