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Primary Eye - Care Assessment and Referral Service



A new, free assessment for eye conditions at local opticians across Wolverhampton!

Patients in Wolverhampton are set to benefit from a new free assessment service for eye conditions.

The CCG has launched the Primary Eye Care Assessment and Referral Service (PEARS) for patients with minor eye problems, to ease pressure on A&E.

The free service is available from 41 accredited opticians across the city and this number is expected to grow over the coming months. 

Whilst we always recommend patients contact their GP as the first port of call for care, we recognise that sometimes they can’t get a convenient appointment.

We know that as a result, some people are attending A&E with eye problems that could be treated elsewhere. This is why we have commissioned the new assessment service. Patients can walk in to be assessed for treatment during normal working hours and some opticians offer appointments at the weekend.
Patients will be asked some questions about their symptoms and an optician will see them within one or two working days. 
Conditions that can be treated by the service include:

•    Red eye or eyelids
•    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 the eye

Participating opticians can also book urgent appointments at a hospital eye clinic and refer patients to hospital for routine appointments.

Patients who have an eye condition that is being monitored by their GP or hospital should contact their GP practice or hospital department in the first instance.

If they have any of the following symptoms, they should go to A&E immediately:

•    Considerable eye pain
•    Significant trauma, such as a penetrating injury or lacerations to the eye or eyelid
•    Chemical injury or burn
•    Problems arising from recent eye surgery

Patients are being advised to find their nearest participating optician by visiting or calling 01902 445597 for a list by area.



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