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Welcome to Primary Eyecare

Primary Eyecare provides NHS funded eyecare services across large parts of England. The services are available from the majority of local opticians, from the smallest independent practice to the largest national chains.

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Urgent eyecare service

Urgent Eyecare Service

The Urgent Eyecare Service (UES) provides urgent assessment, treatment or referral for sudden onset eye problems such as flashes, floaters, vision loss or minor eye injuries.

MECS eye

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

The Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) provides assessment and treatment for people with recently occurring minor eye problems. It is an NHS service provided by accredited optometrists (also commonly called opticians).

Learning disability eye test

Learning Disability Eye Test

This service is for adults and children with learning disabilities who need more time and/or extra support when having an eye health check and sight test.

Cataract slit lamp

Pre- and Post-operative Cataract Services

This service is for people who are considering having surgery to remove cataracts, and people who have had cataract surgery, to provide post-operative care.


COVID-19 Guidance

Latest guidance for Optical Practices during COVID-19 outbreak.

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Find a Practice

Find your nearest participating optical practice providing a Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) or Urgent Eyecare Service (UES).