Minor Eye Conditions Service

A Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) uses the skills of primary eye care practitioners to triage, manage and prioritise patients presenting with a minor eye condition.

A MECS examination will provide a timely assessment of the needs of a patient presenting with an eye condition. Management will be maintained within the primary care setting for as many patients as possible – avoiding unnecessary referrals to hospital services. Where referral to secondary care is required, it will be to a suitable specialist with appropriate urgency.

LOCSU has developed a comprehensive Clinical Service Pathways Framework incorporating Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS).

LOCs can access the framework diagrams, guidelines and support documents by logging in to the members area at the bottom of this page.

NHS Commissioners can access these documents by contacting their Local Optical Committee.

LOCSU’s Clinical Service Pathways Framework reflects the approach detailed in the Systems and Assurance Framework for Eye Health (SAFE) published in 2018 by the Clinical Council for the Commissioning of Eye Health.  Download the SAFE document for emergency and urgent care.

SAFE provides the basis for commissioners, provider organisations and clinicians to adopt a high-level, strategic, systems-based approach for the planning, provision and commissioning of eye health and care services, covering whole pathways and operating across traditional service footprints.

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