Minor Eye Conditions Scheme


A new service which provides free assessment for many common eye conditions through your local optician


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About the Scheme

The Minor Eye Conditions Scheme allows patients across Lambeth and Lewisham to access NHS treatment for a range of eye conditions. Instead of having to visit hospital for treatment, you can now be seen by a highly trained optometrist based in a local optician's practice. The aim of the scheme is to allow all patients to be able to access treatment quickly, near where you live and work.

Appointments are often available within two days, and many of the practices offer appointments at weekends. All of the opticians listed on the next page are able to see and treat patients for a range of conditions such as:

  • Red eye
  • Sticky eye (difficulty opening your eye or yellow discharge)
  • Watery eye (excessive tears)
  • Pain or discomfort in or around the eyes
  • Recent onset or sudden increase of flashes of light or floating objects in your vision

If you are unsure whether your eye problem requires medical attention, please call one of the practices on the next page who will be happy to advise you.

Please Note: If you are suffering from significant pain, a sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes, chemical burns or a penetrating injury then you should go directly to the Eye Casualty department at St Thomas' Hospital or your nearest A&E.

What happens when I see the optometrist?

The optometrist will discuss your recent eye history, any symptoms you may be experiencing and any related medical history. Please take a list of all current medications and your up to date glasses with you to the appointment. As a result of the consultation you may be given appropriate treatment by the optometrists, referred to your GP if the condition is related to your general health, or referred directly to the hospital eye service if your eye condition is more serious.

Following your appointment, the optometrist will notify your GP about the outcome of your consultation in order to ensure your medical records are updated. Please note, a record of all appointments will be kept to monitor and continually improve the service.