A new minor eye condition service has been launched in Fenland to save trips to hospitals for patients.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group has teamed up with Spectacular Opticians in March and Chatteris to offer this free NHS service.
People suffering with red, dry, irritated or inflamed eyes will be able to use the service.
It also offers help for people with ingrown lashes or those suffering with some types of ‘flashes and floaters’ on the eye.
Martin Gibbs, an opthalmologist at Spectacular Opticians in Chatteris and March, said: “If you have a minor eye condition then you can take advantage of this new and free service.
“With local opticians trained and located in a number of community based settings, it means you can be seen closer to home and will save a trip to hospital.
“Patients should be aware that if they have a major eye condition that is being regularly monitored by their optometrist or hospital eye service, for example cataract or glaucoma, it will not be covered by this service.”
Patients will be asked some questions about their symptoms in order to assess how quickly they need seeing by the service.
People have to be registered with a GP practice in Royston, Cambridge City, Cambridge North/South, Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots, Ely and Wisbech area to use the service.
Patients should book appointments with the opticians.
For more information please visit www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/minoreyes