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The three services available in Solihull 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 Solihull area practices

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CLOSED Scrivens Opticians1 Union Road ,Solihull B90 3BT0121 744 6036CLOSED
Specsavers OpticiansUnit 34, 2-4 Greenwood Square,Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre B37 5TR0121 329 5510YES
Ellis Opticians350 Bradford Road,Castle Bromwich B36 9AD0121 747 2115YES
Specsavers Opticians207 Stratford Road,Shirley B90 3AH0121 506 8650YES
Eye Specialist Opticians83 Hobs Moat Road,Solihull B92 8JL0121 742 6043YES
Specsavers Opticians90 High Street,Solihull B91 3TA0121 711 3411YES
CLOSED Pike Opticians Ltd452 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 4AQ
0121 744 9093CLOSED
CLOSED J & D Mason Opticians18 Farmhouse Way,Shirley B90 4EH0121 705 8139CLOSED
Alan Tyler Opticians11 Arden Buildings Station Road,Dorridge B93 8HH01564 772217YES
Maginnis Opticians32a Holly Lane,Marston Green B37 7AE0121 779 4242YES
CLOSED A.B. Optics (formerly Rouse Opticians)681 Warwick Road,Solihull B91 3DA0121 704 2615CLOSED
CLOSED Perspective Opticians56 Drury Lane, Mell Square,Solihull B91 3BH0121 709 1000CLOSED
Maginnis Opticians384 Kenilworth Road,Balsall Common CV7 7ER01676 532180YES
CLOSED Boots Opticians57 Mill Lane Solihull B91 3AT
0121 705 2152
CLOSED Scrivens Opticians191 Stratford Road,Shirley B90 3AU0121 744 0354CLOSED
Ian Hadfield Optometrists37 The Parade,Kingshurst B37 6BB0121 770 3226YES
CLOSED Dickens Eye Clinic39 Main Street,Dickens Heath B90 1UB0121 744 5544CLOSED

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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 Solihull 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 Solihull 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 Solihull. 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.