MECS

FOR INFO ONLY AT PRESENT - THIS SERVICE WILL GO LIVE IN JUNE 2019 (est)

 

For Participating Optometrists

The criteria for MECS examination may include the following acute presentations

  • Loss of vision including transient loss
  • Ocular pain
  • Differential diagnosis of red eye
  • Foreign Body and Emergency contact lens removal (not by the fitting practice)
  • Dry eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Epiphora
  • Trichiasis
  • Differential diagnosis of lumps and bumps in the vicinity of the eye
  • Recent onset flashes and floaters

 

Exclusion Criteria

The following cases will NOT be treated by the MECS service

  • Patients identified in advance to have severe eye conditions which need hospital attention e.g. orbital cellulitis, temporal arteritis
  • Eye problems related to herpes zoster
  • Adult squints, diplopia
  • Removal of suture
  • Patient reported symptoms that indicate a sight test is more appropriate than MECS
  • Suspected cancers of the eye (or in the vicinity of the eye)
  • Age related macular degeneration
  • Patients that have seen in the MECS service in the previous 3 months for the same condition

 

Patients cannot be seen or treated by the MECS service if their signs or symptoms indicate that they should be seen or managed by an alternative existing service

 


 

Practitioners – Please refer to the following resources which will provide more detailed information about this new service.

 

MECS presentation – updated – This will cover all aspects of the scheme and has been re-written following the MECS evening at Bradford University.

Please take the time to read this as will almost certainly address any queries that you may have, and also includes useful email addresses

There will also be an opportunity for clarification of any aspects of the MECS scheme at the AGM on the evening of Wednesday 12th June 2019. You should have received an invitation for this already.

 

Useful Links:

 

Presentation / PDF Presentation

Example record card.

Audit link (coming soon)

Claiming Spreadsheet

 


Published 29/04/19