Emergency Eye Clinic

Minor Eye Conditions Service Now Available at EK Eyewear

Patients visiting EK Eyewear can now avail of even more specialised services. If you have suddenly started to experience a problem with your eyes and they have become sore, inflamed or red you can be assessed and treated by our Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS), known as NI PEARS Scheme (Northern Ireland Primary Eyecare Assessment and Referral Service.)

Not all red eyes are sight threatening – but always warrant investigation, especially if there is pain, discharge, change of vision and sensitivity to light.

Who is this service available to?

Under this scheme, patients 5 years and over, who are registered with a GP in Northern Ireland can access this service rather than waiting for a GP appointment or referral to eye casualty.

This service is to help reduce unnecessary attendance to eye casualty.

There is some NHS contribution to this service, but please note, if you have an eye condition that is being monitored regularly by your optometrist or hospital eye service, such as cataracts, glaucoma or dry eye, this will not be covered by the NI PEARS Scheme.

Eye conditions treated under NI PEARS

At EK Eyewear, we can be your first port of call if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Acute* red eye or eyelids
  • Irritation and inflammation of the eye
  • Significant recent sticky discharge from the eye or watery eye
  • Recently occurring flashes or floaters
  • Ingrowing eyelashes
  • Recent and sudden loss of vision
  • Foreign body in the eye

*An acute condition is one with a sudden onset. If you have had the condition for many weeks and months it is called a chronic condition and you should discuss this with your regular optometrist or GP, in the first instance.

If you are unsure whether your eye problem requires medical attention, please contact our practice and a member of our team will be happy to advise you.

How do I book an appointment with this service?

Eavan Kennedy, MC Optom, owner optometrist at EK Eyewear has been accredited to provide Minor Eye Conditions Services at 370 Lisburn Road, Belfast.

To make an appointment, please call the practice or book an appointment online here. It is important to bring your glasses and medication list if necessary.

You will be asked some questions about your problem and symptoms when you contact the practice to assess whether the condition is suitable for NI PEARS.

Call us to make an appointment

028 9066 2020