THIS WEEK marks National Eye Health Week and opticians across the borough have joined forces to promote the importance of regular eye examinations.
National Eye Health Week is part of an initiative to encourage residents to take care of their precious set of eyes.
A number of opticians – including Specsavers and Perspective Opticians – will be putting on a variety of events for patients to get involved in.
As part of the awareness week, a new service has been launched to treat patients with minor eye problems.
The Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) – which is not a replacement for annual eye examinations – has been set up to take the pressure off A&E services and help patients with visual disturbances and eye infections.
Local Optical Committee Chair, Spencer Parkes said: “I am delighted that Optical practices across Solihull will now be the first port of call for anyone with an eye problem.
“We have the skills, equipment and qualified staff to ensure that patients are quickly assessed and treated or referred to hospital if there is a more serious problem.
“This will be more convenient for patients and reduce pressure on the NHS.”
For more information, visit www.eyecarewm.co.uk