A new service that provides assessment for many common eye conditions through your local optician.
What is BMECS?
BMECS is a service set up by NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group for patients aged 16 and over who are registered with a Bromley GP, to access an accredited local optometrist if they experience a medical eye condition.
Medical eye conditions that can be treated by BMECS.
- Sudden or recent reduction in vision one or both eyes
- Red eye(s) or eye lids
- Pain and /or discomfort in the eyes, around the eye area or temples
- Recent onset or sudden increase of flashes and /or floaters in one or both eyes (appears like a fly, black specks, or a cobweb moving across your vision)
- Mild trauma, for example a scratch to the outer surface of the eye(s) or lid(s)
- Suspected foreign body in the eye
- Recent onset of double vision
- Significant recent discharge from or watering of the eye
If you are unsure whether your symptoms qualify, please contact us at Lambrou Eye Studio, an approved opticians, who can offer help and advice.
How do I access BMECS?
Simply call us on 01689 850593 and request a BMECS appointment. Alternatively, if you make an appointment to see your GP, he or she may refer you to the optometrist for treatment.
What happens when I see the optometrist?
The optometrist will discuss your eye history, any symptoms you may be experiencing and any related medical history. You will receive an eye assessment relevant to your symptoms.
Please take a list of all current medications and your current glasses with you to the appointment.
As a result of the consultation you may be:
- Given appropriate treatment by the optometrist, which may include a follow-up appointment
- Referred to your GP for appropriate treatment if your eye condition is related to your general health
- Referred directly to the hospital eye service if your eye conditions is more serious
Following your appointment, the optometrist will notify your GP about the outcome of your consultation in order to ensure your medical records are updated.
This service does not replace routine eye examinations, eye tests or prescriptions for glasses.
A sight test will not be performed as part of the assessment or treatment and you will not be issued with a prescription for glasses.
Eye conditions not treated under BMECS
If you have any of the following conditions you must go directly to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department:
- Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
- Considerable eye pain
- Significant trauma, such as a penetrating injury or lacerations to the eye(s) or lid(s)
- Chemical injury or burns
- Problems arising from recent eye surgery
In addition, if you have an eye condition that is being monitored regularly by your optometrist or hospital eye service, such as cataracts, glaucoma or dry eye, this will not be covered by BMECS.
Remember: you may not be able to drive immediately after the eye examination.