​Minor eye problems


If you have a recent problem with your eyes – such as sore eyes, red eyes or visual disturbance – and you are registered with a GP practice in the London borough of Merton, you can be assessed and treated by our local minor eye conditions service located within participating local opticians.

For self care advice for minor eye conditions click here.

About the minor eye conditions service


The minor eye conditions service is a free NHS service available from a number of local opticians. Minor eye conditions that can be seen under the service include:
  • Red eye or eyelids
  • Dry eye, or gritty and uncomfortable eyes
  • Irritation and inflammation of the eye
  • Significant recent sticky discharge from the eye or watery eye
  • Recently occurring flashes or floaters
  • In-growing eyelashes
  • Recent and sudden loss of vision
  • Foreign body in the eye

How do I find an optician?


To see the lists of optical practices that are providing our local minor eye conditions service and pharmacies providing a supply function specifically for this service, click 'here'.

Note: Patients requiring medication will be referred to a pharmacy to purchase a product unless the SWL self care position statement* does not apply to them, in which case they will be given a signed order to obtain medication from a participating pharmacy. 

*For the SWL Self Care position statement exemptions see https://www.swlmcg.nhs.uk/Policies/Pages/Information-for-Patients.aspx