Emergency Eyecare

Minor Eye Conditions Service

All patients of Bradford, Airedale and Craven GPs are eligable for a Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) appointment at local opticians practices, this service is NHS funded even for patients not normally eligable for free NHS eye examinations.

A MECS appointment is for any recently onset, serious eye health concern – for the full list of eligability criteria please see the Bradford LOC website. The appointment will cover a health check but no spectacle prescription is issued.

If you would like to book an appointment under MECS, please call the practices directly – Keighley 01535 690077Crosshills 01535 635856 and we will triage and provide advance. Please note we cannot always respond to e-mail or social media requests quickly.

Why choose Airedale Opticians for your MECS appointment

At Airedale Opticians you will be seen by an experienced staff optometrist and receive a full, thorough check of the health of the eye, with referrals or follow-ups made as required.

Airedale Opticians is uniquely able to provide in-house treatment for certain conditions such as dry-eye or blepharitis on the same day in practice, providing instant relief, rather than waiting for long referrals. We also carry the largest selection of eye drops, solutions and health products in-practice.

Emergency Appointments outside of MECS

If you have any eye concerns that are not covered by a MECS appointment, or you are not registered with a local GP, we can still see you for a private eye examination which will cover a full eye health and prescription check, with further referrals or treatment available as required. Contact the practice by telephone for more information or to book an appointment.

The information here is a guideline only, if you have any queries please contact the practice, or if you have urgent eye health concerns out of hours, please use the NHS 111 number.