The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has produced information leaflets designed to help patients recognise and treat eye conditions. The leaflets form part of the Association of Optometrists patient resources – a suite of more than 10 leaflets and videos on eye health including sight-threatening conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.
Moorfields Eye Hospital also produced patient information leaflets for a wide range of eye conditions.
Community Medical Ophthalmology Service
Solihull’s Community Medical Ophthalmology Service, operated by The Practice Group, provide a range of GP-referred and optometrist referred services for Solihull GP practice registered patients, including the following conditions for children aged six to 17, plus adults.
There are three clinic locations:
- Hasluck Surgery, Haslucks Greeen Road, Shirley
- Parkfield Medical Centre, Castle Bromwich
- The Village Surgery, Cheswick Green.
The Practice has also produced a range of eye condition patient leaflets and videos.
Birmingham and Solihull CCG is currently procuring a Community Medical Ophthalmology service for the whole of Birmingham and Solihull, and we expect this to be live in all 12 parliamentary constituencies by October 2018.
Solihull Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)
The CCG is currently procuring a Minor Eye service for Birmingham to complement the existing Solihull service and we expect this to be live in the 10 Birmingham parliamentary constituencies by October 2018.
Currently for Solihull GP practices
- This is an NHS-funded service available for patients with minor eye problems
- The service is for patients registered with Solihull GP practices
- It is for people of all ages – adults and children
- Children under 16 years must be accompanied at their appointment by an adult
- Patients will be referred to the new service by their GP, pharmacist or optician where appropriate
- Patients can self-refer into the service. Find your nearest practice in Solihull and the surrounding areas, which is MECS accredited
You can be seen by your local MECS, if you have a recent eye problem such as:
- Red eye
- Dry eye, gritty and uncomfortable eyes
- Irritation and inflammation of the eye
- Significant recent sticky discharge from the eye or watery eye
- Recently occurring or sudden increase of flashes and floaters
- Painful eye
- In-growing eyelashes
- Recent and sudden reduced vision
- Something in your eye.
A&E may be most appropriate for more serious eye conditions or injuries such as:
- Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
- Considerable eye pain
- Significant trauma such as penetrating injury or lacerations to the eye or eyelid
- Chemical injury or burns
- Problems arising from recent eye surgery.
The aim of the MECS service is:
- To assist patients and carers with self-care, education and care planning where necessary
- To improve the patient experience and offer access to a choice of services using the existing network of optometry practices
- To deliver a timely, easily accessible, high quality optometry and ophthalmology service across Solihull
- To expand the number of locations where patients can be treated
- To streamline the referral and treatment process resulting in a reduction in patient waiting times and improved access
- To reduce the number of follow-up outpatient appointments
- To improve communication between specialists and the patient’s GP
- To reduce the number of unnecessary secondary care referrals for non-urgent eye conditions
- To provide value for money for the NHS.
For more information:
- Age related macular degeneration leaflet
- Blepharitis leaflet
- Cataracts leaflet
- Children’s eye health leaflet
- Dry eye leaflet
- Equality impact assessment community ophthalmology redesign
- Flashes and floaters leaflet
- Glaucoma leaflet
- Meibomian gland dysfunction leaflet
- Solihull Community Medical Ophthalmology Service